Jacksonville pastor reacts to guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Following the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, Action News Jax Dani Bozzini talked with a Jacksonville pastor to get his take on the verdict.

Pastor R.L. Gundy said a guilty verdict is the only way justice could have been served.

But, he believes this is only the first step towards real change in America.

“Our hearts are heavy for George Floyd family and families of the victims of the police violence. From the moment the world first saw the searing images of Floyd’s brutal murder, it was clear that no outcome other than a conviction of his killer would serve justice,” exclaims Pastor R.L. Gundy.

Gundy is the Florida Director for the African American Ministers in Action for the American Way.

He tells Action News Jax this verdict was a necessity, but the path towards justice has only just begun.

“We need to do everything possible to create policies that save lives and prevent police killings from happening in the first place, whether they black, brown, yellow, red, or white.”

Gundy believes the passing of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act gives us a good start.

The bill would ban no-knock warrants and chokeholds in federal cases. It would also establish a national registry for police misconduct.

A controversial part of the legislation would overhaul a protection that makes it hard for people to sue police officers who violated the law.

Gundy says, “When you won’t hold police department accountable they become judge jury and executioner.”