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Crowds gather in downtown Madison after Chauvin verdict

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 7:03 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Activists from Madison and Milwaukee joined on the Capitol Square Tuesday afternoon to hear the verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Cars going around the Square honked as community members held signs calling for justice for George Floyd.

“I know [George Floyd’s] family is going to sleep better tonight,” said activist Brandon Brown from Milwaukee. “A lot of people in Minneapolis, a lot of people around the world is going to sleep better tonight. I’m going to sleep better tonight.”

Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

One chalk message on the Capitol steps read “We’re Still Waiting For Justice For So Many More,” a message that multiple people at the Capitol reiterated in chants- naming victims like Daunte Wright and Tony Robinson.

“We need to say their names,” Madison activist Larissa Joanna said. “We need to keep fighting, we need to keep staying together, fighting together to make sure that justice is served not just for them but for everyone as a whole.”

Rodney Alexander, co-founder of Black Umbrella, led many demonstrations in the wake of Floyd’s death. He said Tuesday, “I do feel like all the work that we do—the consistency— is what leads to this kind of verdict because we’ve seen time and again it could’ve [gone] the other way. The more people keep pushing and showing that it’s unacceptable, then we’ll get verdicts and results like this.”

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