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Vallejo Police Chief Issues Official Statement After Verdict in Chauvin Trial
Posted on 04/20/2021

Please see the following statement from Vallejo Chief of Police Shawny Williams regarding the Chauvin Trial verdict issued on April 20, 2021:

"Today, justice was appropriately served. Police officers should be guardians of the communities we are sworn to protect and serve. Our task is to embrace the principle of safety with respect — respect for human dignity, respect for the sanctity of life, and respect for what our communities are demanding of us. 

As a law enforcement executive, I acknowledge it is my obligation to lead with purpose and urgency. Policy change isn’t enough. Creating meaningful cultural change is imperative.


chief shawny williamsCreating a systemic culture that embraces the core values of dignity, safety, respect, and compassion is our charge in leadership and a call to action for us all. The status quo isn’t acceptable. We can and must do better. We will do better.

Those of us entrusted with the responsibility of law enforcement must build trust where we have it, restore trust where we’ve lost it, and earn trust where it never existed. These responsibilities should only be entrusted to those who have a record of successful accomplishments consistent with these values.  

This is what our citizens and communities want, this is what they deserve, and this is what we must deliver."

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