COURIER L 20 IFE, APRIL 23-29, 2021
A taste of justice
celebrates Chauvin conviction
A painting of George Floyd is held up during a celebration of Derek Chauvin’s conviction.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
BY GABRIELE HOLTERMANN
Shortly after former Minneapolis
police offi cer Derek Chauvin was convicted
Tuesday of murdering George
Floyd, close to 200 people gathered outside
Barclays Center to express relief
that justice was served.
Yet the crowd, which paled in comparison
to the thousands who fl ooded
the streets last spring following Floyd’s
murder, acknowledged that the fi ght
for systemic change must continue.
“Maybe this is the fi rst step,” said
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
“But today, I think it’s okay to breathe
a little relief.”
Chauvin was recorded last May, in a
viral video, holding his knee on Floyd’s
neck for more than nine minutes during
a traffi c stop; Floyd later died of injuries
sustained in the encounter.
Floyd’s death, and the shocking nature
of the video, set off a wave of protests
and demonstrations against racial
injustice and police brutality across
the country, and in Brooklyn. Chauvin
was charged April 20 with murder in
the second- and third-degree and manslaughter,
for which he faces up to 40
years in prison for the top charge.
Williams said that he was concerned
and stressed from the moment
he woke up until he heard the verdict.
He admitted that even though he was
relieved, he had a hard time celebrating
because many victims of police
brutality don’t receive the same justice
for their loved ones.
“We got a lot more work to do,” he
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