DENVER (KDVR) – Current and retired law enforcement officers incriminate Chauvin’s guilty verdict.
Kenneth Chavez recently retired from the Denver Police Department after 42 years, 20 years as a commanding officer. He said the ruling signals that the U.S. judicial system is working and will hold people accountable. However, he warned against letting the sentence pass on to all police officers.
“I hope everyone realizes that this was a person held accountable for a crime. It doesn’t mean the whole job. There are many good-natured, well-meaning men and women from law enforcement who divide our church every day. But I think this is a turning point in our profession. Accountability has been clearly demonstrated and I think it will teach lessons not only for law enforcement but also for the community, law enforcement officials, government officials and prosecutors. “Said Chavez.
Mike Dailey, a retired Aurora police officer, said he was surprised by the verdict.
“I was a little surprised that he was found guilty on all charges,” said Dailey.
Dailey said he did not believe Chauvin received a fair trial.
“I’m surprised they haven’t changed the venue. They kept it right there in Hennepin County. You could have moved it. The second thing that happens is the constant demonstrations in town that the judges have to deal with, because now you’re on that jury thinking, “Even if I don’t think he did, when I say that, you will burn the city down. ‘I think there was some pressure on the jury to come back with a guilty verdict. They weigh a lot of things, the community’s welfare, its rights and the facts of the case, ”Dailey said.
“I don’t think he is guilty of the murder, but I do believe that Officer Chauvin made bad decisions that day and did not handle the situation properly. Now that he’s found guilty, the officers and prospective candidates will look at this and say, “Gosh, I could have been in this exact situation. Things got out of hand and I could be on trial over something. ‘I think the trial of this officer in Minneapolis is having a terrifying effect on officers across the country as situations keep spiraling out of control. You try your best to control it and bring it back under control, but sometimes the result is not what you want, ”Dailey continued.
Both Dailey and Chavez agree that lessons can be learned from this incident.
Chavez said, “It shows that the public will hold officials accountable for a death they deem unreasonable or criminal, or both. It will make the law enforcement profession see itself to better serve the community. I hope the community can also see that these are the actions of an individual and not a demonstration of the whole profession. Most police-public interactions are service-based and secure. “
Chavez said some people might reconsider entering the police profession, but he hopes the exact opposite will happen. “I hope it inspires people to become law enforcement officers to serve the community and it will have an overall positive outcome for the entire nation.”
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