Green Bay activists express relief after Derek Chauvin guilty verdict
GREEN BAY – Nearly a year after they first took to the streets, residents in Green Bay let out a breath of relief after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd last May.Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was charged with killing Floyd on Memorial Day in 2020 by pinning his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes while he was lying on the ground.Jurors on Tuesday found Chauvin guilty of second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, ending a three-week trial that gripped the nation.
…Then on Tuesday — just about 20 minutes before the guilty verdict at Chauvin’s trial — a police officer in Columbus, Ohio shot 16-year-old girl Ma’Khia Bryant after she called them during an altercation. That shooting, too, drew the attention of Hannah Beauchamp-Pope and Sierra Slaughter, two University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students who joined protests for justice last summer after Floyd was killed.
“So it’s like, yes there’s that sense of relief (from the guilty verdict), but then it’s like here we are all over again at square one,” Beauchamp-Pope said.