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Statement by Vivent Health President and CEO Mike Gifford on the Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

The beginning of justice was dispensed today in the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of all charges in the murder of George Floyd. The verdict affirms what we all saw, the murder of an innocent man.

The verdict is a step in the right direction. The first of what needs to be many. It is a statement that police brutality including murder is never acceptable which must spur action to eliminate this evil from our society. It is a finding that justice is within reach for Black victims which must become the rule not the exception. It is an outcome that demonstrates we need to police the police differently, which means reform needs to be expedited. It is declaration that we can overcome racism to which we must all dedicate ourselves.

Derek Chauvin’s heart wasn’t big enough to see the humanity of George Floyd. May each of our hearts be big enough to embrace the humanity of Black Americans so they can live a full and free, healthy and beautiful life.