Police officer, residents react to Chauvin verdict

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- One day following the guilty verdicts against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd local residents reacted to the verdict.

“From the very beginning when I watched this video, it was clear to see it was unjust,” Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower said of the video of Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes ultimately resulting in Floyd’s death. “And this was uncharacteristic of what law enforcement are here to do, and protect and serve our communities.” 

The country was founded on justice, and this trial was part of the process, Hightower said. 

“This was a resolution that I think a lot of people expected, anticipated, and it brings some finality to some people. But unfortunately it doesn’t help with our victim in this situation,” said Hightower. 

In downtown Bowling Green Wednesday several people expressed their feelings about the verdict. 

“I think it was the right decision about what happened, bring some peace. I think justice happened,” said resident Benji Rollins. 

“I’m just glad that it’s over. And I hope that the disturbing images of the video sensitized everyone – police and the public at large to the fact that you cannot mistreat people regardless of race, creed, origin and anything of that nature,” said resident and local attorney Dan Rudloff. 

“It was a relief, but nobody knew what was going to happen till the end and that’s the disturbing thing for me. It really made me uncomfortable yesterday the whole time I was thinking about it. I didn’t wanna watch the verdict come down or anything because all the evidence, all the witnesses, all the stuff that went on and we still didn’t know what was gonna happen. That’s what I took away from all that stuff,” said resident Derik Overstreet.

Chauvin was taken into custody immediately following the verdicts and will be sentenced in two months.