Good Shepherd Services Applauds “Guilty” Verdict in the Murder Trial of Derek Chauvin

NEW YORK, NY – In light of the “guilty” verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd last May, Michelle Yanche, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services, released the below statement:

“The past few weeks have been a time of tremendous pain and trauma, most of all for Black communities, as we have collectively relived the murder of George Floyd through the trial of the man who killed him. The conviction announced today has finally brought this painful trial to a close. Yet, it does not erase the fact that George Floyd should still be alive today, or that our country has much work to do to rid itself of the forces of racism, hate, and injustice that caused his death and the deaths of so many others. Good Shepherd Services will continue to do our part to push the work of racial justice forward. We stand with the Black community in affirming that Black Lives Matter.”

### About Good Shepherd Services: Good Shepherd Services goes where children, youth, and families face the greatest challenges and provides resources that build on their inherent strengths to help them thrive. Good Shepherd operates over 80 programs, which help nearly 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City. All programs are united by a common goal—to create opportunities that help our participants succeed at school, at home, and in their community.