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Local reaction To Chauvin Verdict

Protesters that marched the streets for George Floyd murder in Lafayette say this is a great step forward.

Posted: Apr 22, 2021 9:19 AM
Updated: Apr 22, 2021 9:26 AM

LAFAYETTE, LA -- While a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd last year, it will still be weeks before Chauvin is sentenced.

Protesters that marched the streets for George Floyd murder in Lafayette say this is a great step forward.

“I am pleased that the verdict was guilty.” Jamal Taylor Said.

An emotional response from those who marched in Lafayette last year after Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd.

“When I think about the case , what is most important to me is that he was convicted and that the family can get some relief” Jamal Taylor Said.

Devon Norman , an activist for change in the Lafayette community says it's a lot of work that still needs to be done.

“It made me feel that we should turn hope into action , what we saw last summer cannot be enough unfortunately because people are still being murdered” Devon Norman Said.

They’re also seeing a path forward.

“It made me feel energized , it made me feel like there is so much more work to be done. If we are to see to it that this is not just one case that gets the justice that it deserves,” Devon Norman Said.

The Department of Justice announced today an investigation into Minneapolis police practices. Meanwhile the federal criminal investigation into George Floyd's death continues.

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