On Tuesday, April 20th the jury reached a guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. It was a decision that was made after 10 hours of deliberation--guilty on all three charges.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University issued a statement on their official Facebook page from both of their interim presidents on Wednesday, April 21st.

They wrote, "When George Floyd was killed nearly one year ago, our community joined many, many others in the call for justice. We shared in feelings of loss, anguish, and despair."

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The letter goes on to say, "May our campus community continue to foster critical thinking, ethical leadership, and passionate advocacy in our students, faculty and staff, and for the larger global community in which they live, work and serve."

They concluded their message with, " Let us listen with the ear of our hearts and act with compassion as we build an inclusive campus community."

The letter is signed by CSB interim president Laurie Hamen, J.D. and SJU interim president Eugene McAllister, Ph.D. It has gained support from dozens of people throughout the Facebook community.

Jennifer Myers commented on the Facebook post, "Thank you. Much more work to do, but so proud that St. Ben's is a place where dialogue and learning can happen and hopefully continues to happen for graduates."

Peggy Anderson said, "Excellent statement! Keep the dialogue going..."

Linda Shydlowski simply said, "Well said. 🙏"

You can read the full letter on the CSB/SJU Facebook page, below. Chauvin's sentencing hearing is scheduled to happen in eight weeks.

A message from our presidents on the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Dear CSB and SJU Community Members:


Posted by College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University on Wednesday, April 21, 2021


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