‘A moment of accountability in our justice system’: Gov. Evers, AG Kaul react to Chauvin verdict

Tony Evers in front of a flag

MADISON, Wis. — State leaders have responded to Tuesday’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd.

Gov. Tony Evers said justice for Black lives requires “meaningful, sustained, and systemic change” and is more than a single moment.

“There’s no verdict that can bring peace to loved ones when someone is taken from them,” Evers said. “My heart and thoughts are with George Floyd’s family, his loved ones, and the entire community. While this is a moment of accountability in our justice system and our country, we are reminded that justice for Black lives is not a moment—it requires meaningful, sustained, and systemic change. Today’s verdict doesn’t replace the changes we must make to keep our promises of a more fair and more equitable state and country. Every day—and especially today—we must reaffirm and resolve to continue our work toward justice.”

Attorney General Josh Kaul said the verdict “does mean there will be accountability,” and he hoped it will bring healing to Floyd’s family and the country at large.

“As I said last year, what we saw on the video of the events leading to George Floyd’s death was not law enforcement,” Kaul said. “Derek Chauvin was not protecting or serving the residents of Minneapolis. He was committing a horrific crime. No jury verdict can bring Mr. Floyd back. Nor does this verdict mean that we don’t need to reform our criminal justice system. But today’s verdict does mean there will be accountability and, I hope, a measure of healing, especially for Mr. Floyd’s family.”