This week's question: What is your biggest takeaway from the Derek Chauvin trial so far?


Darrell Smith, community member

"First, my biggest takeaway is that the tape speaks for itself. Had that been a black man, he would have been tried and convicted or given a plea deal by now. Let the truth be told.

What do I hope people learn from this? That we must stand together, because if we take that video away we really lose. Justice brings peace."

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Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith


Stephanie Whitehorn, community leader

"That we live in a country where a 9 year old child can testify in court that she witnessed a murder, the entire murder is on video and a group of adults are still debating the minor details. Where is the trust?

What I hope everyone learns from this is one action or inaction can change the course of the world."

Stephanie Whitehorn
Stephanie Whitehorn


Pastor Lorone Shepard

"I hope that people will learn that there is still racial tension between police and the Black man. It reminds me of Emmitt Till, and no one believing the innocence of a Black man. There are so many similarities between the Emmitt Till case and the many Black men that are being murdered today. The assumption of guilt before a trial, or if no trial, the public sentiments are 'guilty.' I hope this trial shows that all police are not bad, but there are just some bad apples. My hope is that the people are aware that they serve an entirely diverse community, and I pray that the code of blue silence will be broken."

Pastor Lorone Shepard
Pastor Lorone Shepard


Leonell Davis, community member

"My biggest takeaway from this trial so far is that all the evidence points to the fact that the police officer did not serve and protect the rights of George Floyd, instead he took his life. Everyone who testified has been in favor of the prosecutor. All the evidence has been in favor of the prosecutor. No more is needed to show that this man's life was taken in cold blood by a police officer.

I can't say what I hope people learn from the trial until the trial is over, because it depends on the verdict that is given in order to learn from it. If he is guilty and given the maximum punishment, I would say justice has been served. But if it is 'not guilty' I would ask 'Where is the justice?'"

Leonell Davis
Leonell Davis