(Fargo, ND) -- More reaction is pouring in on the guilty verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, including the City of Fargo and Fargo Police.

A joint statement was released Tuesday evening by both entities. You can read that below:

The City of Fargo and the Fargo Police Department support the guilty verdicts delivered through the justice system in the Derek Chauvin trial Tuesday afternoon in Minneapolis. Members of the jury heard the overwhelming testimony offered, and arrived at an appropriate decision. 

The City and FPD wholeheartedly respect residents’ rights to assemble and protest, with full anticipation and confidence in peaceful and constructive expressions on these important issues. The City and FPD look forward to working in an inclusive manner to advance these critical conversations within our community.

The City and FPD are continuously observing regional and national events. The City and FPD stand ready to protect all residents, businesses and infrastructure in the event of dangerous escalations against anyone in our community. FPD continues to collaborate with regional law enforcement partners to ensure the safety of the public.

The City of Fargo and FPD unequivocally reiterate that Black lives matter in our community.