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Elected leaders react to Chauvin verdict

YUMA, Ariz.(KYMA, KECY) - The Desert Southwest's elected leaders spoke out Tuesday afternoon in support of the verdict in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin.

A jury found Chauvin guilty of both murder and manslaughter connection with the death of George Floyd. Floyd died last May after the former officer kneeled on his neck for more than nine-minutes. His death sparked a nationwide social justice movement.

Gov. Doug Ducey, (R-Ariz.), called for peace and respect in the wake of the verdict.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, (D-Ariz.), applauded the jury's decision, but highlighted the need for further criminal justice reform.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.), said her thoughts were with George Floyd's family.

Rep. Juan Vargas, (D-Calif.), who represents Imperial County in Congress said the verdict delivered justice:

Neither Rep. Paul Gosar, (R-Ariz.), nor Sen. Mark Kelly, (D-Ariz.), had issued a statement on the Chauvin as of the last updating of this article.

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