A Nation Reacts to the Guilty Verdict of Derek Chauvin

Monday, Apr 26, 2021

A couple dances at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Washington, after the verdict in Minneapolis, in the murder trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was announced.

A couple dances at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Washington, after the verdict in Minneapolis, in the murder trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was announced. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After two days of jury deliberation, a 14-day trial, and a year of protesting American policing, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd. This hour, we discuss what the verdict means for the Black community, and if the decision could signal change in policing and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Despite the feelings of relief, more recent police killings have sustained the anger at how law enforcement is conducted in America, specifically when it comes to Black people. Despite the relative feelings of relief, more recent police killings have sustained the anger at how law enforcement is conducted in America, specifically when it comes to Black people. Guest host Kevin McCorry is joined by ELDER MELANIE DUBOUSE, pastor of Evangel Chapel and co-director of POWER – Live FreeDERVEN WASHINGTON, a political activist in Philadelphia, and IMANI PERRY, professor of African American studies at Princeton University. We’ll also talk with LAYLA JONES, reporter for WHYY’s Billy Penn, about how to talk to kids about the Chauvin trial and verdict.

[Originally published on April 21, 2021 via Radio Times]

 

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