City of Poughkeepsie Procedural Justice Committee Co-Chairs Release Statements on the Guilty Verdict of Derek Chauvin
Yvonne Flowers and Bishop Debra Gause, co-chairs of the city’s Procedural Justice Committee, have each released statements regarding the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.
In October 2019, the city formed the Procedural Justice Committee — which includes police officers, other city officials and members of the public — to address community concerns related to police issues.
Flowers and Gause were subsequently selected as co-chairs as the city began reviewing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 pertaining to policing and enhanced training and policies. The Procedural Justice Committee was instrumental in that review, and the city’s police modernization and reform plans were sent to the state by the April 1 deadline. You can learn more about the city’s efforts at this webpage, https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/policecollaborativeplan/
“The guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin was the greatest form of accountability that finally gives us some faith and hope that justice can be served when an officer inflicts deadly harm to the citizens he or she are sworn to protect and serve,” said Flowers, a City Council member. “As a good friend stated to me, ‘Justice was finally color blind today and needs to remain that way.’ This is a big win but only one win in many battles against racism in policing throughout our nation. We now can begin the healing from the murder of George Floyd as we continue to have open dialogue in our community about police and community relations and work together on policies and initiatives that will ensure safety, respect for the lives of ALL residents and continue to build trust between law enforcement and our community. “
Bishop Gause, Senior Pastor of Holy Light Pentecostal Church in the City of Poughkeepsie, said, “‘Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord; I will repay.’ I am so relieved that we got the guilty verdict and maybe now we can heal — now that justice has been served, and may we have peace for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in these United States of America.”