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LPD Accountability members rally in downtown Lexington following guilty verdict

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 6:22 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - There was no loud reaction or cheers when Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict was read. For a small group gathered in downtown Lexington, it was more of a sigh of relief.

“I’m relieved I was a little worried they were going to come back not guilty,” Liane Woodhead said.

The group of people watched the verdict on their phones together in Courthouse Plaza, and when they heard guilty on all three counts, each person was silent.

“While I feel like there is something to celebrate for George Floyd’s family and community and the fact that we finally have a guilty verdict, there are so many other instances where there isn’t justice,” April Taylor said.

We saw a few tears, some quick embraces, and then the group went back to chanting for racial justice and an end to police brutality.

“Guilty verdicts are some form of justice but true justice would be not having to get a guilty verdict in the first place and George Floyd still being able to be alive with his friends and family,” Taylor said.

Those downtown seemed to agree. It’s something to celebrate-- a win in one battle, but only part of a war that they intend to continue fighting.

“There are so many other moments that give me pause and that are honestly downright terrifying,” Taylor said.

“I don’t want people to forget that but I am glad that George Floyd will have some sort of justice and so will his family,” Woodhead said.

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