President James R. Black statement after Chauvin guilty verdict

April 20, 2021

This afternoon justice was served with a guilty verdict on all charges against Derek Chauvin for his involvement in the tragic death of George Floyd. A bad police officer is no longer wearing a badge. As a profession, we must not tolerate hate, discriminatory practices or abuses of power. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police is committed to collaboratively working with our lawmakers and the citizens we serve to effectuate positive change and build trust within our communities. It is my sincere hope that we can slowly begin to heal as a nation.

James R. Black is president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and chief of police in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Statement from International Association of Chiefs of Police

Now that a verdict has been reached in the Derek Chauvin trial over the death of George Floyd, it is IACP’s hope that we come together, heal, and forge a constructive path forward.

While this is undoubtedly a time of strong emotions, it is imperative that we comprehensively assess the justice system to identify needed and necessary evidence-based reforms. This will require more than just slogans and promises. It will require concerted, unrelenting work from all. Successfully meeting this challenge will require reflection, exploring new approaches, embracing compromise, emphasizing dignity and respect for all, and building upon a fundamental commitment to the preservation of human life.

The IACP remains steadfastly committed to working with community leaders, advocates, and elected officials to improve policing through enhancing trust and transparency.