Reflecting on the Derek Chauvin Ruling

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty of all charges in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 20, 2021 in a still image from video. Pool via REUTERS

Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Reporter

     Last week, the jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all three counts that he faced over the death of George Floyd.

     The University of Lynchburg notified students and faculty prior to the decision that they would have support systems in place following the results of the trial.

     Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, the president of the University, emailed members of the Lynchburg community on Monday, April 19, she said, “I want you to know that I am equally cognizant of how the outcome may impact our students, faculty, and staff here on campus and our extended community of alumni, friends, and neighbors.”

     The University suggested students take this moment as a chance to talk and share feelings with each other or seek help. Some students at Lynchburg were emotional about the death of George Floyd and were paying close attention to the situation hoping for justice for his family.

     Evan Smith, senior, shared his thoughts. “I felt sick to my stomach watching the video of George Floyd getting murdered,” he said. “A lot of police officers lack the ability to resolve certain situations and that is why it gets out of hand.” 

     “I was glad that Derek Chauvin was found guilty for his actions, and yes, I was pleased with the sentence the judge gave him,” he continued. 

     Some students were pleased with the verdict and explained how this was a very important moment for our country.

     Senior Jared Hargis said, “I was happy to see the final decision of the case on so many levels because George Floyd’s family gets to see the man that killed their family member be put away for a very long time.”

     He continued, “I think it is very important for George Floyd’s family and also the whole Black community because the decision of this case is good, because this is a start to help fix the unjust system in America.”

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