Black community discusses what Chauvin verdict means to them ahead of Lynchburg prayer vigil

“[We hope] that [the police] will continue to make efforts”

LYNCHBURG, Va. – 87-year-old Doris Waller said Derek Chauvin’s conviction brings a sense of accountability.

“They gave you the tone now to know that if someone does something wrong, regardless of who they are, you can say, ‘yes, I know you are guilty,” said Waller, Lynchburg resident and member of the local NAACP chapter.

But Waller said more work needs to be done.

“This is only half a step for us. Now we have to wait eight weeks to see how much time [Chauvin’s] going to get,” said Waller.

That’s how many people we spoke to from the Black community felt before a prayer vigil Wednesday at Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace.

One Community, One Voice hosted the event, which included faith and city leaders and the police department.

Carl Hutcherson, president of the Hill City’s NAACP chapter, said he’s relieved the trial is over, and now it’s time to move forward.

“As president of the NAACP, I always remind our chapter that in the middle of the NAACP is the letter ‘A’ for advancement. We just want to advance, not trying to be more than anyone else or less than anyone else,” said Hutcherson.

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