ASHLAND, Ore — Ashland’s Police Chief Tighe O’Meara, is voicing his support following Tuesday’s guilty verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin was convicted on all three charges of second-degree and third-degree murder, and manslaughter in the murder of George Floyd. The terms from all charges could carry a max of up to 75 years.
“Any police officer who exhibits what [Chauvin] exhibited that day, has to be held accountable,” Chief O’Meara told NBC5 news. “Nobody is above the law.”
Since Floyd’s death on May 25th, O’Meara has been outspoken about the case – calling Chauvin’s actions “murderous and an egregious abuse of power.” O’Meara walked in solidarity with hundreds of protesters through the streets of downtown Ashland May 31st .
“You’re permitted to use force and yet you’re required to stop using force when its not needed anymore,” O’Meara said on the Graham v. Connor Supreme Court case with context of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes. “You’re required to transition into caring for your prisoner as appropriate, so this just doesn’t add up.
“I think this is the correct verdict, and hopefully it will allow us to come together and make more progress.”
Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]