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Layton said some changes were visible in the Calgary community after racial justice protests last summer, but the work needs to continue
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April 20, 2021 • • 6 hours ago • • Read for 2 minutes • • 10 comments Brendan Miller / Postmedia
A Racial Justice attorney in Calgary says former police officer Derek Chauvin is “optimistic and hopeful” about the future over the murder of George Floyd.
Kay Layton, executive director of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Calgary, said he was torn when a 12-person jury found chauvin guilty of second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter in the fatal arrest of Floyd.
“What excites me most about this judgment is that we are seeing a generation of children who will witness justice this time. I didn’t get this chance. My parents didn’t get this chance. My grandparents didn’t get this chance, ”Layton said.
“(This) generation of children can go to bed at night knowing that they are important and that they mean something and that they are important in this world.”
Former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, for more than nine minutes in May 2020. The confrontation was caught on camera and sparked global protests against racial justice, including Donner rallies in Calgary.
A jury made up of six whites and six blacks or multiracial races found Chauvin guilty of all charges on Tuesday after hearing testimony from 45 witnesses for three weeks.
“Watching the video over and over in the courtroom brought us back to that day, and I think that impressed the jury and the world,” Layton said.
“The second they pleaded guilty in all respects, you felt a great weight lift off the entire planet. It was a great awakening, a great moment for humanity. “
Layton said some changes were visible in the Calgary community after racial justice protests last summer, but the work needs to continue. This process underscores the need for continued accountability and striving for a fairer future, he said.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) said they hope the conviction in the George Floyd murder “offers a fair measure of justice” but “is no end of the job”.
We know there is much that can be improved, but we also know that we currently have a responsibility to support racial communities. pic.twitter.com/5ioULJOLAb
– Calgary Police Department (@CalgaryPolice) April 20, 2021
“The police have changed as a result, but they have to keep changing,” said CPS. “We know we need to strengthen our relationship with racialized communities. We will tirelessly strive for anti-racism, justice, diversity and inclusion. “