Anxiety, Then Relief At South Side Shoeshine Shop As Guilty Verdict Is Read Against Derek Chauvin

The tension was palpable Tuesday afternoon in many places around Chicago and beyond as everyone awaited the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports from Boss Shoe Shine in Chatham.

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- From CBS 2, this is "Hour 18."

- Breaking right now, live pictures along State Street in The Loop and outside Chicago Police Headquarters, businesses boarded up.

- National Guard also on standby. City leaders say they are prepared and planned for today's verdict.

- Count one, unintentional second degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty. Count two, third degree murder perpetrating an imminently dangerous act, find the defendant guilty. Count three, second degree manslaughter, culpable negligence creating an unreasonable risk, find the defendant guilty.

- It took jurors two days, just over 10 hours deliberating, to find Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts in George Floyd's death. The jury asking no questions, unanimous in their decision.

- Tonight, our team of reporters live across the city with reaction. Let's start with CBS 2's Charlie De Mar live in the South Side. Charlie.

CHARLIE DE MAR: Brad and Irika, we watched that verdict here at Boss Shoe Shine in Chatham. You could feel the tension inside. Customers, staff inside, they were standing in silence listening to that verdict, hanging on to every word. Nobody celebrated. Nobody said a thing until that final guilty verdict was returned.



- Done. Done.

WALLACE "GATOR" BRADLEY: Everybody was nervous. Everybody was nervous. Everybody-- you saw them when you come in-- everybody was tense. Everybody was nervous because everybody saw what had happened. And I believe that the jury-- when they came with the decision that they made-- man, that would have been pandemonium.

CHARLIE DE MAR: And from talking to some of the other guys inside the shop today, the word "relief" was tossed around a bunch because they tell me they didn't think that this day would ever come. They are hoping that this will serve as the beginning of real reform in police departments, not just in Minneapolis, but here in Chicago and around the country. Live in Chatham, Charlie De Mar, CBS 2 News.

- Charlie, thank you.