Statement by City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison on the Guilty Verdict of Derek Chauvin
The killing of George Floyd was an abomination, and I am thankful a jury has saw fit to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of this heinous crime. Police officers have a sworn duty to uphold the law and protect the public, and Chauvin’s appalling and deadly actions betrayed that trust. I hope and pray our nation can begin healing after this difficult, emotional time.
This inhumane treatment cannot and will not go unpunished. As mayor of this city and as a retired police officer and father of a police officer, I find Chauvin’s actions repulsive and want the community to know our city Police Department works in earnest each day to keep strong ties and an open dialogue with the community. This city has repeatedly shown it can overcome adversity and find a way to work together regardless of what might be happening throughout the nation or the world, and for that I will always be grateful.