Lynchburg community members respond to Chauvin verdict

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Many are relieved to hear that Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges. Some say while this is a positive step forward, there’s still a long way to go.

According to Lynchburg NAACP President and former mayor, Carl Hutcherson, “The NAACP is pleased with the verdict and were thankful it came down the way it came down.”

He tells WFXR News that there are others who deserve justice as well.

“Look at all the other murders you have out there right now, you got some others out there right now. What’s going to happen to those persons? What’s going to happen with those families.”

Hutcherson adds that there are other families going through hurt and pain left behind by unfair treatment by law enforcement. He wants to see equity for them, too.

Pastor Alex Cunningham agrees that the verdict shows progress.

“In my heart, it was telling the life our story because we have been persecuted, looked down on, but now God has bought justice,” said Cunningham.

The NAACP and other Black and brown leaders of Lynchburg plan to have a vigil for George Floyd at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.

WFXR News also received a statement on Tuesday, April 20 from the Lynchburg Police Department concerning the verdict:

To our community:

We understand that the last year has been difficult and traumatic for many. As we have said, our hearts and condolences continue to be with the family and friends of George Floyd after his horrifying death.

Today the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin announced verdicts of guilty on all charges in connection with Mr. Floyd’s death. While we know this decision can never bring Mr. Floyd back, our hope is that this verdict will allow us to move the healing process forward as we come together to build a stronger community.

As your police department, we value our relationships with all members of our community and appreciate your engagement over the past year. Our conversations with you helped us to better understand your needs and work toward serving you more effectively. We look forward to our continued partnership with all those who are willing to join us in making Lynchburg an even greater place to live, work, and play.

Chief Ryan Zuidema, Lynchburg Police Department

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