The Indiana Construction Roundtable is satisfied with the verdict reached in the trial of Derick Chauvin.
Finding Derick Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter may be a watershed moment in holding police accountable and providing justice for the victims of police brutality.
Nevertheless, the problem is larger than “one bad cop” or “one unfortunate incident.” The trials of the other three officers involved in George Floyd’s murder along with the cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Daniel Prude, Caron Nazario, and Daunte Wright will all challenge the opportunity for accountability to prevail and justice to be served. Ultimately, police reform is needed to reduce the systemic impact of racism and social inequalities in the criminal justice system in our country.
We will continue to stand with protestors exercising our 1st Amendment right to free speech, to peacefully assemble, to express our grievances with our government, and to support leaders who oppose racism, police brutality, and social inequalities in our country.
The Indiana Construction Roundtable will continue to lead through its initiatives to support diversity and inclusion and fair competition in our industry and our society. We are dedicated to bringing more diversity to the construction workforce, to increasing the capacity of diverse firms to perform larger amounts of business, to increasing the amount of dollars contracted to diverse firms, and to recognizing projects, organizations and individuals who successfully bring positive change in these areas.
We call upon all in the A/E/C industry to commit themselves as institutions, professional individuals, and private citizens to actively seek to eliminate biases and racism in order to create equity in our industry and society.
Jere Cox, Chair
ICR Board of Directors
Demetrius Glover, Ph. D.
ICR Executive Director