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Contact: Michael Avitzur
Director of Government Relations

Boston Bar Association Statement on the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

Today’s verdict confirms what we all saw with our eyes: that Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The verdict reinforces a core principle of the rule of law—that we are all entitled to equal justice before the law. That aspiration is not always realized in our imperfect criminal justice system, but it was realized today.

Many police officers crossed the “blue line” and testified against Chauvin. But the true measure of progress in holding police officers accountable for unlawful violence will come when police officers are willing to cross that line to confront misconduct in their own ranks even in cases where there is no video.

We continue to grieve for George Floyd and mourn with his family, and to urge our members to support our colleagues—particularly Black and other lawyers of color—in this extraordinarily challenging time.

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.