‘We must continue to address excessive force:’ Milwaukee Bucks react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks issued a statement following the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial in the murder of George Floyd, in which the former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty on all counts, including second- and third-degree murder.

The Bucks joined many in the sports world in saying justice was served, but there is still work to be done.

“While this decision provides accountability to this police officer for his heinous crime, we must continue to address police officers’ excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with people of color,” the Bucks said in a statement.

The Bucks referenced the police shooting of Jacob Blake in nearby Kenosha, which prompted the Bucks to protest in August by refusing to take the floor in a playoff game against the Orlando Magic. The team also spoke out after the decision not to charge the officer involved in Blake’s shooting.

“The Bucks organization remains strongly committed to addressing issues of police brutality, social injustice, and racism and continue to demand real change for African Americans and all marginalized members of our community. We hope this verdict offers a sense of justice to the Floyd family and our thoughts go out to them for their loss,” the Bucks said.