Derek Chauvin verdict Downtown Minneapolis, April 20, 2021 4:30 pm.
A man stands on the bed of a pickup outside of the Hennepin County Government Center waving a BLM flag holding up three fingers after three guilty verdicts were read.
Twin Cities hip hop artist Nur-D has been aiding and equipping protestors at the frontlines through the group Justice Frontline Aid.
A couple comforts one another shortly after the guilty verdict was announced. Cheers were soon followed by tears.
The streets in front of the Hennepin Co. Government building were filled with people of all ages waiting to hear the verdict Tuesday afternoon.
(Photos by Mike Madison)
During an impromptu press conference at Government Center, State Representative John Thompson (center) encouraged those listening to repeat word “guilty” with him. Minnesota State Senator Omar Fateh, who also spoke, is to his right. Thompson’s friend, Philando Castile was killed by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in 2016. That launched Thompson into activism and to run for office.
Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s partner, also spoke, about her relief, about how there still remains work to be done, and how Floyd would want the focus to be on individuals in need, particularly those with addiction and other unmet, basic needs.
There were many tears and hugs at the post-verdict gathering at Government Center.
Hundreds of people marched through the streets of downtown Minneapolis following the verdict, some carrying signs with images of Daunte Wright, Philando Castile, and George Floyd, all killed at the hands of police in Minnesota.
(Photos by Karen Kraco)