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Leadership Statement on the George Floyd Murder Trial

21 April 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

Today, the jury trial for the murder of George Floyd concluded. In this case, the jury has found Derek Chauvin to be guilty of the charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

While this particular case has reached a conclusion, we want to acknowledge that pain and anguish of racism and violence against people of color persist. Our work to fight systemic racism, to create and foster social justice, continues.

We’ve made progress. In January, Peralta changed our policing model, replacing armed sheriff’s officers with unarmed uniformed safety and security professionals. Our commitment to diversity, respect, and restorative justice within our own community is unwavering. Indeed, these are core values here at the Peralta Community College District.

We know that this has been an extremely challenging time for our community, and we know more challenges will confront us in the days ahead. With this jury decision, some measure of justice has been rendered. We must continue to be vigilant.

So let us remember: we are stronger by our human connections. Please take a moment to check in with your co-workers, colleagues, friends, and family. An encouraging word and a moment of focused listening can be an important source of support for those close to us. We at the Peralta Community College District, from the Board of Trustees to the administrative teams at the District and Colleges, want to thank you for your vigilance and support.

Again, thank you and be safe,

Dr. Jannett Jackson, Interim Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Dr. Angélica Garcia, President, Berkeley City College

Dr. David M. Johnson, President, Merritt College

Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, President, College of Alameda

Dr. Rudy Besikof, President, Laney College

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