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Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller makes public statement following Chauvin verdict

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FILE - Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Following Tuesday's gripping conclusion in the trial against former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller made a public statement.

Reacting to Chauvin's guilty conviction of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Sheriff Miller said law enforcement who violate laws must be held accountable in the criminal justice system.

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"I will tell you that law enforcement should not and cannot condone the abuse of authority within our ranks," Miller's written statement read.

The sheriff said he felt obligated to address the public during this time, especially after speaking of '21st Century Policing' in the community.

But we must not stop there. We must also address the educational gaps among our black and brown children in our schools or we will have failed. We must address poverty, the opioid epidemic and so much more that plagues our community or we will have failed. Let's keep moving forward together to build a community of WE.

Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He could be sent to prison for decades.

The Associated Press reports, "Chauvin's bail was immediately revoked and he was led away with his hands cuffed behind his back. Sentencing will be in two months."

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Read Sheriff Miller's full statement below:

I have been asked about my stance on the verdict.
I will tell you that law enforcement should not and cannot condone the abuse of authority within our ranks. When an officer acts in a way that clearly violates the law as with the death of George Floyd, they must be held accountable. This means not just losing their jobs as sworn officers, but that accountability also must extend to the criminal justice system.
If I am going to talk to our community in Buncombe County about 21st Century Policing then I am obligated to speak up when an obvious injustice happens at the hands of law enforcement. I will tell you that the death of George Floyd is such a time.
But we must not stop there. We must also address the educational gaps among our black and brown children in our schools or we will have failed. We must address poverty, the opioid epidemic and so much more that plagues our community or we will have failed. Let's keep moving forward together to build a community of WE.

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