Evangelist Nick Hall, founder and president of Pulse, responds to the long-awaited a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury for his role in the murder of George Floyd last May outside of a local convenience store.
Floyd's death, and the video which showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, showed some of the ugly colors of the fabric of America and policing in America.
Hall has this to say as a response to the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial:
"After a season of too much loss, it feels as if the sun has finally broken through on the city of Minneapolis. Now the work of rebuilding can begin.
"I continue to pray for George Floyd's family and the Black community, mourning with those who mourn, knowing that I will never fully understand the compounded tragedy they have experienced. I also pray for the men and women serving in our law enforcement, for their wisdom, protection, and for this to be a turning point to rebuild trust.
As our nation grieves, may followers of Jesus stand with all of those who face injustice, especially people of color.
My continued prayer has been that this season would change us; to be people who listen, seek to understand and work toward change. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus came on a rescue mission to set us free from sin and death through his work on the cross and resurrection three days later. As Christ's followers, we are called as God's ambassadors to the work of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), and to let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream (Amos 5:24)! Let it begin now."
The verdict was the result of two days and nine hours of deliberation from a jury of six whites, four Blacks and two multi-racial jurors.
Chauvin now faces a 40-year maximum sentence for the second-degree unintentional murder conviction, a 25-year sentence for third-degree murder and a 10-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin's bail was immediately revoked, and his sentencing will be set in eight weeks.