Phoenix civil rights activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin said he looks forward to a day when Chrisman will again face a murder charge in the death of Daniel Rodriguez.
A jury found ex-cop Richard Chrisman guilty of aggravated assault on Tuesday morning, but the jury was hung on the charges of second-degree murder and animal abuse.
Maupin, who officiated Rodriguez's funeral, said "God willing, a more integrated jury can determine his fate."
Maupin released this statement following Tuesday's verdict:
"Today's verdict has delivered partial justice to a family and community that too often go without it, when the perpetrators of fatal violence and brutality are police. Richard Chrisman killed Daniel Rodriguez. He will now begin to pay the price for violating his civil and human rights. When I eulogized Daniel, I urged the community to demand, from God and government, justice for the taking of the life of this young Latino man. We found, in the course of this trial, that Daniel was not Chrisman's only victim. He also abused his powers as an officer of the law to assault, frame and violate the dignity of a mentally ill black woman. Only in this moment, can the community say the right thing was done. The city of Phoenix didn't do it. The Phoenix Police Department didn't do it. A jury did it. Chrisman is guilty. The community thanks this jury for their service. We also look forward to a day when Chrisman will face the murder charge, and we look forward, God willing, to a more integrated jury."
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