Las Vegas locals respond to Derek Chauvin’s verdict

by: Victoria Saha, Madison Kimbro

Posted: Apr 20, 2021 / 6:26 PM PDT
Updated: April 20, 2021 / 6:42 PM PDT

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – April 20 was a monumental day for George Floyd, his family and the country when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter.

Many people on vacation in Las Vegas did not know the verdict was being read until 8 News Now approached them. We got mixed reactions, with one man being very emotional.

“We are in a difficult time right now. I’m just glad we got a perfect verdict. Not a perfect judgment, not a good judgment, guilty, ”said Gearld Lucas, who was visiting from Indiana. When we asked if this was a move towards change, he replied, “We are far from change, but I hope it does something that will take us in that direction, you know.”

John Scherer said, “I think I was really surprised that he was found guilty so soon. I thought it would take longer. ”

He went on to tell us that he was satisfied with the verdict.

We also spoke to people in our ward who watched the judgment as they read it. The explosive case sparked global protests and violence, including here in Vegas.

“You know, when this case started last year, it was emotional for a lot of people, especially me because I’m a mother of three black sons who happen to be in college,” said Tomeka Luckett. “And so justice is served with this judgment.”

Junior Guevara said, “It was unfair that this man lost his life to something so petty. I think it could have been personal, things could have happened differently. There were so many officers there. They could have held him without actually doing what they did. ”

“I’m happy with it,” said Melissa Deleon. “I am happy and I hope that the family will get a degree with it.”

Steven Beaudry shared, “It was on purpose … I say he killed him. I wanted to go through the screen. I couldn’t believe that nobody was doing anything, nobody stopped him. I don’t care what Floyd did; he did not deserve that. ”

8 News Now hears plans for some peaceful gatherings later Tuesday night near the Las Vegas Strip.

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