Tuesday, after jurors found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd while in police custody, Mayor Lynne Robinson released the following statement:
"The murder of George Floyd was a grave injustice. I hope that moving forward, this tragedy gives us each the motivation to strive for real, positive change in our society and in our existing and future systems. It is critical that all levels of government are more aware of the tremendously important responsibility we have in protecting the lives and wellbeing of all community members. Bellevue stands in solidarity against prejudice, bias, hate and social inequity.
Since the death of George Floyd, the City of Bellevue has enhanced its dedication to making sure everyone who lives, works or visits the Bellevue community feels safe and is treated with dignity and respect. The City Council signed a pledge in 2020 to review the city’s own police use-of-force policies. I am proud of the Bellevue Police Department’s ongoing dedication to continuous improvement, and their efforts to effectively serve our diverse community.
I am confident we can help advance meaningful change by coming together as neighbors, having tough conversations and building on our common values of diversity, equity and inclusion. This is what makes Bellevue, and our country, so special."
Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett also provided comments following the verdict:
"As public servants, we were all offended by the criminal actions of Derek Chauvin, and today a jury of his peers held him accountable. While nothing can bring George Floyd back, thankfully justice has been served for him and for his family. The Bellevue Police Department stands in solidarity with the Floyd family."