Vikings hope Derek Chauvin guilty verdict in murder of George Floyd will “mark the beginning of community healing”

Minneapolis Braces For Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial
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The murder of George Floyd happened not far from the stadium in which the Minnesota Vikings play. In the aftermath of Tuesday’s verdict finding former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts of murdering George Floyd, the Vikings have issued a statement.

“The past year following George Floyd’s death has been extremely painful for the Minnesota community, particularly for the State’s Black residents,” the Vikings said. “While today’s decision does not minimize the anguish or solve the intolerable issues of racism and hate, we hope it can mark the beginning of community healing.

“Now, more than ever, it is crucial to respectfully listen, communicate and engage in order for us to move toward an equitable society. We must address the unacceptable continued violence and hate toward People of Color and commit to using our individual and collective voices to end the divisiveness and racial injustice.

“Our work is just beginning. Our commitment is unwavering. As an organization, we will build upon the foundation we have already established in the following critical areas: reducing socioeconomic disparities, implementing educational curriculum on racism and Black history and advocating for law enforcement and criminal justice reform. We will continue to be agents for positive, transformational and sustainable change.”

The Vikings have been among the most socially active teams since the killing of George Floyd, as encouraged by ownership and manifested at every level of the organization.

Today’s ruling brings justice for George Floyd, his family, and anyone impacted directly and indirectly by racial biases and prejudices that continue to pervade our society. As the Vikings acknowledge, however, much more work needs to be done.

This is the beginning, not the end. In time, it could be remembered as the start of necessary and in many ways overdue change.

49 responses to “Vikings hope Derek Chauvin guilty verdict in murder of George Floyd will “mark the beginning of community healing”

  1. I also hope it means the Minnesota Vikings won’t play anymore lousy football like they did last year……………

  2. Yeah right, this will just lead to more cop bashing, more crime, and less effective leadership passing stupid rules like unarmed traffic enforcers.

  3. There’s no healing from this. It will further distance the police from the African American community. Chauvin had an Asian wife, he was no racist. He was someone who was scared or snapped. He had no intention of killing Floyd and had Floyd cooperated he’d be alive today. Guilty of killing Floyd, yes. Murder? No. This only widens the gap of resentment.

  4. Burrito12: “FEAR! FEAR! FEAR!”

    It’s all your type sells.

    Fear of everything and everyone.

    Go grab your gun and hide in your basement.

  5. This verdict is part of the reason why NFL players decided to kneel to begin with. History has shown us that changes can only be made when a society as a whole gets involved. NFL players are part of our society.

    I thought it depressing that our local sports station upon announcement of the verdict here in Boston said this better stop rioting. What?

    My first thought upon hearing the verdict was that hopefully in the future we have better trained officers, weed out the white supremacist officers and hopefully these situations will not keep happening.

    We as a society still have a lot to do.

  6. Sadly, no mention by the Vikings at all of crime in neighborhoods of the Twin Cities…..where most crime happens. No one should be harmed or killed by a criminal and until that is addressed, things in the Twin Cities will not get safer….

  7. Very simple, yet ignored because doesn’t fit political agenda (of course) – Don’t Resist Police Questioning/Arrest & 90% of these issues never happen, period!!

  8. Chauvin murdered Floyd. Lets go to the video. There is no doubt. If Chauvin wanted to be a free man he should have exercised some restraint, some compassion, and used a department approved type of restraint, but he didn’t, and now he must pay.

  9. As soon as he pushed the EMT worker away when she told him that he needed attention and the officer said no his fate was sealed. Her statement in the courtroom dropped everyone’s heads

  10. coltsfan20 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 6:36 pm
    Sadly, no mention by the Vikings at all of crime in neighborhoods of the Twin Cities…..where most crime happens. No one should be harmed or killed by a criminal and until that is addressed, things in the Twin Cities will not get safer….
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    Why would now be the time to mention that?

  11. sky72 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 6:35 pm
    This verdict is part of the reason why NFL players decided to kneel to begin with. History has shown us that changes can only be made when a society as a whole gets involved. NFL players are part of our society.

    I thought it depressing that our local sports station upon announcement of the verdict here in Boston said this better stop rioting. What?
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    Yes, the rioting need sto stop. Period. I guess justice is best served by looting the apple store or stealing sneakers?? If you think this rioting stands for anything or will accomplish something, YOU are part of the problem..

  12. It was nice seeing the “thin blue line” nonsense come apart (at least in this case) with other cops testifying against Chauvin.

    And before one of you “good cops” posts the suddenly-popular mantra “nobody hates a bad cop more than a good cop,” answer me this. How many bad cops have YOU arrested? How many bad cops have YOU turned in to your superiors or Internal Affairs?

    I’m guessing I’ll get crickets in response.

  13. Accountability needs to be had on both sides. You cant just run amok and not expect consequences as well to the community residents. Get off drugs. Be productive.

  14. This is as volatile a topic to comment on as anything in society we now confront. I will say I hope that we see peaceful gatherings and protest from anyone that feels they need to gather tonight and going forward. Police on a whole I don’t think are bad people or people with bad intentions. I do believe a police force is a necessity in a society, of any size or governance. But we also must have faith in the judgment, actions of those who do police us and I felt this instance showed us when that judgment and faith breaks down. Mr Chauvin has had his day in court. Society waited for the result. Vitriol, distrust, hate need to be changed day by day like a hitting streak in baseball till this situation improves over time. Or at least that’s what I hope for, this country I believe in its bones is better than what we have demonstrated recently. I hope we prove that out over time

  15. covid19 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 6:39 pm
    Chauvin murdered Floyd. Lets go to the video. There is no doubt. If Chauvin wanted to be a free man he should have exercised some restraint, some compassion, and used a department approved type of restraint, but he didn’t, and now he must pay.
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    I hope you never serve on a jury. Go look at Floyds autopsy. (And no, not on CNN). Chauvin contributed to FLoyd’s death but did not MURDER him. Manslaughter, yes. Murder.. nope…

  16. We’re about to see what the rioters and looters think. They seem to laugh while destroying buildings and looting, they could care less about Floyd.

  17. The woke alligator is fed and full today.

    Tomorrow, however, is a different story.

  18. “Chauvin had an Asian wife, he was no racist.”

    This is a logical fallacy. One can be married to a minority and still be racist against other minorities, or even them. In sociology it’s called the “Model Minority.” In fact, making that argument now opens the door for the discussion of the historical practice of the fetishization of Asian women by racists.

  19. The police were not on trial. Only one man was on trial….and the fact that MANY Minnesota cops testified against him shows us that they knew he was wrong.

    Cops, like Chauvin, make the jobs for the rest of the cops much more difficult.

  20. And just like that justice as usual. Looters no wasn’t necessary,stealing wasn’t necessary,burning wasn’t necessary. Nope just a jury of his peers.

  21. The FedEx shooter would have been taken alive if he didn’t suicide out. Just like Dylan roof is still alive.
    Just like all those God fearing priests who molested kids are still alive.
    Black man passes fake 20 dollar bill and ends up dead.
    There is two America’s.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 20, 2021 at 6:44 pm
    It was nice seeing the “thin blue line” nonsense come apart (at least in this case) with other cops testifying against Chauvin.

    And before one of you “good cops” posts the suddenly-popular mantra “nobody hates a bad cop more than a good cop,” answer me this. How many bad cops have YOU arrested? How many bad cops have YOU turned in to your superiors or Internal Affairs?

    I’m guessing I’ll get crickets in response.

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    And how many boys from the neighborhood see a murder happen but then magically when police show up no one knows antyhing. I’ll wait on your response

  23. The rioters and looters are NOT the protesters. I wish the cops were tougher on the rioters and looters. They hide behind the protesters and use them to commit crimes that they blame on the protesters.

  24. sky72 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 6:47 pm
    Properly trained officers equals no killing of unarmed citizens equals no rioting.

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    Criminals who abide police orders stay alive.

  25. Guess what folks! Those terrible protesters finally had a say in their life. This verdict was the right one, finally! When people in this country go to the streets, Things happen. These people that went out there and protested Americans getting killed in handcuffs. Putting them selves in danger. God Bless You!

  26. For those of you saying Floyd wasn’t murdered, a jury of 12 disagrees with you, and they are the ones who matter. Not some couch potato criminal justice major wannabe. The correct verdict was read out loud.

  27. Almighty Cabbage ,

    So you expect the police to behave like the “boys from the neighborhood?” Then you wonder why there are problems with idiotic views like this.

  28. The police weren’t on trial. Chauvin was on trial. BLM isn’t victorious today. George Floyd is victorious today.

  29. Harsing2 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 20, 2021 at 6:44 pm
    It was nice seeing the “thin blue line” nonsense come apart (at least in this case) with other cops testifying against Chauvin.

    And before one of you “good cops” posts the suddenly-popular mantra “nobody hates a bad cop more than a good cop,” answer me this. How many bad cops have YOU arrested? How many bad cops have YOU turned in to your superiors or Internal Affairs?

    I’m guessing I’ll get crickets in response.

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    And how many boys from the neighborhood see a murder happen but then magically when police show up no one knows antyhing. I’ll wait on your response

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    realfootballfan says:
    April 20, 2021 at 7:34 pm
    Almighty Cabbage ,

    So you expect the police to behave like the “boys from the neighborhood?” Then you wonder why there are problems with idiotic views like this.

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    Since I asked a question of the “good cops” that frequent this site, I can only assume you two purport to be said “good cops.” Instead of answering how many bad cops YOU arrested or turned in, you come up with some nonsense about boys in a neighborhood. So apparently, the actual answer to my very simple question is “none- nada- zilch- zero.” In other words, you still want to hide behind your “thin blue line” and play “whatabout.”

    I’m not interested in “whatabouts.”

  30. mahomie says:
    April 20, 2021 at 7:10 pm
    Criminals who abide police orders stay alive.
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Does that mean several thousand Capital rioters should be put to death?

  31. Thank goodness a football team gave their opinion on an news story! Up next, maybe they’ll give us a 48 hour weather forecast… we are all on pins and needles!

  32. We have a winner! Previous Comment string reached 39! Lines of back and forth. Tell em what they’ve won chuck…

  33. freeagent says:
    April 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm
    Thank goodness a football team gave their opinion on an news story! Up next, maybe they’ll give us a 48 hour weather forecast… we are all on pins and needles!
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    Sure why not since they already have to be detectives Every time there is any allegation now.

  34. If people like Maxine waters stops trying to get people to riot and divide us even more we could heal, get along

  35. So the police chief gets off after leaving Chauvin on the street with nine complaints and two civil reviews. Worse the police chief left him in charge of other officers. He should have been fired directly after he fired four of his officers.

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