Monty Williams addresses Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

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Monty Williams addresses Derek Chauvin guilty verdict


Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams is a thinker.

So his thoughts went multiple directions in addressing former police officer Derek Chauvin being found guilty of all counts Tuesday for the murder of George Floyd last May in Minneapolis.

“I’m just happy about the line that’s been drawn so that our country says no to that kind of behavior,” Williams said before Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia. “We have really good cops in our society and what we saw yesterday was one being called for not being a good cop, not protecting and serving people of our country the way that they need to be served.”

Williams wrote an open letter calling for change in America after Floyd’s death. Nearly a year later, Chauvin, a 45-year-old White male, was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

In this image from video, defendant, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, listens to verdicts at his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

“You’re happy with the verdict, but you also understand somebody lost a family member, somebody lost a dad, somebody lost a community member in a senseless manner,” Williams continued. “So that part saddens us all.”

Chauvin was seen on video pinning George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, to the ground with his knee last Memorial Day for over nine minutes after police responded to a report that Floyd used a counterfeit $20 bill.





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