Houston police chief says Chauvin verdict shows “no one is above the law”

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Houston police chief Troy Finner said Sunday that the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial sent a message to everyone — including police officers — that “no one is above the law.” “It’s a message that no one is above the law and it’s a message to everybody in our nation, including our citizens, that, you know what, everyone is going to be held accountable,” Finner said on “Face the Nation.” Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, who was originally from Houston, in May 2020. Finner encouraged police officers not to get “caught up in the negative noise” surrounding the profession, but instead to slow down and make efforts to better understand the people and communities they are protecting in order to foster a better relationship. “Understand what’s going on. Understand that people of color, communities of color, are hurting. We have to be honest with them. Finner said police reform is a “two-way street” and that police departments across the country need to be more honest, saying “too many” black unarmed men are being shot across the country and it needs to be addressed.

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