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Activists Say Fight Doesn't End With Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict In George Floyd's Death

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While many call the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death justice, activists say the fight is not over and there's more work that needs to be done; CBS2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

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- Well, while many call today's verdict justice, activists say the fight is far from over.

- And they say that there is more work that needs to be done. CBS2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas explains.

- The officer who killed George Floyd has just been found guilty!

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Crowds cheered at Union Square, as leaders from Black Lives Matter of Greater New York broke the news about the conviction of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

CHIVONA NEWSOME: Tonight will be a joyous night. But tomorrow, we still have to dismantle systemic oppression. Tomorrow we still have to get rid of the police force and break down that blue wall of silence. But tonight, we will dance.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: While George Floyd's murder was a lightning rod that awakened a collective consciousness, activists have been pounding the pavement for years.

AL SHARPTON: We're gonna keep going till we bring it for the Eric Garners and the Breonna Taylors, [? Shawndell. ?] So many that did not get this night. This night is for them.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: A growing list of Black men and women killed at the hands of police.

CALVIN BUTTS: There's so many more that I could name. And it really didn't change.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: But for many, this feels different.

- Justice, it seemed like a myth up until this point!

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: A renewed momentum to address the work ahead. From legislation aimed at addressing police accountability to tackling disparities in housing, education, and the criminal justice system, activists say the fight continues. Aundrea Cline-Thomas, CBS2 News.

- Stay with CBS2 for continuing coverage of the Derek Chauvin verdict. For a look back at testimony and for all the trial details, go to CBSNewYork.com.