Following a year of protests, emotional testimony, and raw emotions, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts of murder in the death of George Floyd. He was remanded into custody; his bail revoked and he awaits sentencing.
In the wake of the verdict, people and organizations reacted to the news. Many sports teams in the Pacific Northwest, including the Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns released statements in response to Chauvin’s conviction.
Later, the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, issued the following message:
“On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd’s murder called to attention the very deep roots of systemic racism and the need for meaningful change. George Floyd’s life mattered, and today’s verdict took a necessary step in reaffirming this, but also in setting the precedent that no one is above accountability.
“We feel for so many in our community as we know the fight for equality is far from over, and we know much work is needed to be done. The Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena will continue to use our platform to advocate for change and take measurable steps toward creating for a more just and equal society for all.”
Climate Pledge Area, the future home of the NHL’s 32nd franchise, also released the statement.
Chauvin faces up to 75 years in prison when he returns for sentencing in eight weeks.