Local Civil Rights Activists Praise Verdict In Chauvin Trial

Apr 20, 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, looks on after the verdicts were read on Tuesday at Chauvin's trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
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Local civil rights activists are praising the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin was found guilty of all charges in the murder of George Floyd.

Trische' Duckworth, the founder of Survivors Speak, says she’s grateful for the verdict and thinks this is a catalyst to change unlike any she’s seen before.

“I believe that just witnessing his murder before all of our eyes ignited something in a lot of us.  And we all see the need for change,” Duckworth says.

Duckworth says this is only the beginning, and more still needs to be done to address racial justice and policing.

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