Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Derek Chauvin Convicted in George Floyd Murder

Dear UCSF Community,

Nearly a year ago, George Floyd was killed at the hands of police in Minnesota. Today, after a brief deliberation, a jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin on all three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Mr. Floyd’s death placed a glaring light, once again, on the use of excessive force by police on people of color. Our society must find the will to break the cycle of police violence and systemic racism that devalues the lives of Black Americans and other communities of color.

Today’s verdict will hopefully provide some comfort to Mr. Floyd’s loved ones that, at least in this case, justice may be served. But we must continue to push for meaningful reforms that strengthen policing overall. In so doing, we may yet build a lasting legacy from this tragedy that improves police accountability and ensures equity for all of the communities that police officers are meant to serve and protect.

The past year has proven to be challenging on many fronts. One of the things I am most grateful for is the humanity and compassion that our UCSF community brings to issues ranging from the pandemic to anti-racism.

We have learned so much from one another about what it means to build a truly inclusive, diverse, and equitable culture. Though we have more work to do, I hope you are taking the time to look after yourself and one another.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor