Advocates fear Minnesota, federal police reform efforts could lose momentum


April 22, 2021


Gov. Tim Walz spoke during a news conference after the guilty verdicts in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Activists and political leaders calling for state and federal police reform said Wednesday that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's conviction for murdering George Floyd shouldn't slow that push.

"This white hot spotlight that has been on Minnesota can't leave now," Democratic Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday morning in a "CBS This Morning" interview. "My fear: Everybody packs up and we think we've got this."

Chauvin's conviction on Tuesday is the first time in Minnesota history that a white police officer was convicted of murdering a Black person. While activists hailed the Hennepin County jury's decision, they point to last week's fatal police shooting in Brooklyn Center - and other cases around the country - as evidence that more laws need to be changed.


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