Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Apr 20, 2021 - 2:30PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam’s Statement on Derek Chauvin’s Verdict

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

“330 days ago George Floyd lost his life. 

Today a jury decided that former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of third-degree murder, and guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

Throughout the last 330 days I have had the opportunity to speak with community members and lawmakers about my thoughts on George Floyd’s death. And, like so many families in this community which has always been my home, my children have asked me questions - questions which led to deep discussion about policing in our community, our state and indeed, our country. 

The simple fact is, as Sheriff, I took an oath ‘to protect and serve and uphold the Constitution.’ 

Let me be clear - it is past time we hold law enforcement officers who tarnish our profession and oath accountable for deplorable actions.

Washoe County has always been a place where people respect, honor and fight for one another - it remains my fervent hope these truths will prevail. This afternoon and always, law enforcement stands with individuals in supporting the right to protest peacefully.

That said, violence and destruction will not be tolerated. Exercising one's Constitutional right for freedom of speech and right to protest is the foundation on which America is built. 

I commit to every resident of Washoe County that the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will continue working to earn your trust so that we can protect and serve everyone.”

-Sheriff Darin Balaam

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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