Detroit Will Breathe gathers at DPD headquarters as Chauvin guilty verdict delivered

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Apr 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-20 19:02:49-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The group Detroit Will Breathe gathered outside of the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters as the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict was delivered.

The group, which has called for police reforms, said earlier they had planned to gather "no matter the outcome."

After the verdict was read in court and Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, some people who gathered said it is a victory, but that there is still work that needs to be done.

"It's a very bittersweet moment, honestly," said Sammie Lewis. "Because it's .. this is the guilty verdict that we wanted ... but this needs to be the rule, this needs to be what keeps happening ... we want to make sure that every time this happens, these cops are jailed."

Detroit Will Breathe came to prominence following the death of George Floyd, holding 100 nights of protests in Detroit last year, calling for defunding the police, police reform and justice for George Floyd.