Some North Carolinians hope Derek Chauvin’s conviction is a turning point for police accountability

By Ava Pukatch, Isaac Klein, and Elizabeth Wheless

A demonstrator holds up a sign at the gathering in Hillsborough Wednesday evening. (Laura Hix)

The guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial concerning George Floyd’s death brought hope to some people. They view it as progress in law enforcement accountability, but want to see more changes in the criminal justice system. 

Groups that have defended law enforcement in the past were generally quiet in response to the conviction. However, at a demonstration in Hillsborough, community members called for defunding the police. They also asked people to think about how their own behavior promotes white supremacy.

Ava Pukatch reports.

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