African American community leaders react to Derek Chauvin verdict

A sense of justice for the African American community and the millions of people who protested almost a year ago.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Tears of joy as a jury of 12 delivered a guilty verdict on all three charges against Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

A sense of justice for the African American community and the millions of people who protested almost a year ago.

“We hope that this sets a precedent for that accountability will be had when it comes to in the courts. Hopefully, this sets a habit that should already  be up what the courts are about getting justice and not letting murderers go free,” Ishma Valenti said.

The feeling of finally being heard as millions shouted black lives matter and justice for George Floyd.

While the historic trial may offer criminal justice in this case, many acknowledge that it’s just one step in ending systemic racism and more work needs to be done.

“We want an America as good as its promised. For us to do that, we have to have these conversations regarding race, we just must,” Pastor Janet Goodman Banks said.

The murder of George Floyd brought forth anger and fear within the African American community and the nation.

Almost a year later, people fill the streets once again, this time, cheering. With the idea justice was served, everyone is still taking steps to ensure this never happens again.

“I’m happy his family got to hear a guilty verdict. I know as a community member personally, I want to see what’s next for Minnesota. I want to see what’s next for the whole country so that families don’t have to hear a guilty verdict. Families can just be with their loved ones,” Valenti said.

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