The trial of police officer Derek Chauvin is over, and he has been found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. In May of last year, the killing of Mr. Floyd raised national issues of racism and uncontrolled brutality on the part of some members of law enforcement. The Sisters of Charity stood in solidarity with those who were enraged and distressed by this unjust act.
In the wake of this verdict, we must first stop and pray — pray for George Floyd, his family, and his community. We pray, too, for officer Derek Chauvin and his family. We pray that law enforcement officers can safely interact with people whether they are assisting them or arresting them. We pray that the time for healing will come swiftly for our diverse communities.
As women religious, we must address inequities in the treatment of people of color by law enforcement and all systems that create and perpetuate fear and unfair treatment. We urge everyone to find in their hearts to view one another as sisters and brothers, and to —together— show a willingness to improve our communities.
We understand that some will assert their right to protest in the coming days. We continue to support and promote free speech across our country. We, the Sisters of Charity of New York, are committed to the love of God and others, based on the principles of justice, truth, and respect. We join the great company of others urging reconciliation and nonviolence.
The Sisters of Charity Leadership Team