Boston Residents React To Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges. WBZ-TV's Mike LaCrosse spoke to people on Boston Common.

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DAVID WADE: --politicians to people on the street, reaction to the verdict has been pouring in.

LISA HUGHES: Yeah, WBZ's Mike LaCrosse is live on Boston Common, across from the State House, tonight with more on that. Mike?

MIKE LACROSSE: Dave and Lisa, we're here in the Common, where people typically gather during big events, like today's guilty verdict. We've been here for several hours and there have not been any large crowds down here, but we did speak with a lot of people as the verdict came down. One gentleman came down here, specifically playing the verdict over his speaker on a scooter as it was read.

- Actually, I wanted everyone to hear it, to actually see what was going on. And I think everyone should have been happy that it happened. I told everyone, I said, "listen, I want you guys to listen." Because it's not really right now a Black and white thing. It's a man on another man. And he deliberately had his knee on his neck. And it shouldn't even-- the trial shouldn't have even been that long. I mean, everyone's seen it with their eyes. You know, you've seen exactly what happened. So I'm really happy with the verdict.

- I'm sick of it. I'm sick of seeing African-Americans get the bad end of the stick. It's just not worth it, it's terrible. We need, we need better.

MIKE LACROSSE: Do you think justice was served today?

- Justice still hasn't been served in general. So I don't know. That's how I feel.

- I mean, I feel like justice is served. It still doesn't take away from the pain that occurred and what's still happening. But at the very least, we can feel like hey, now the system is hearing the voices. And you know, hopefully justice will continue to kind of happen and change will occur. So that is actually a very positive note.

- You know, Black Lives Matter. You know, I got it on my shirt and everything.

- I got it on my wristband.

- Yeah, Black Lives Matter.

- BML.

MIKE LACROSSE: Police have been putting barriers around the Common. They tell me they will be prepared if there are any large gatherings. David, Lisa, back to you.

LISA HUGHES: All right, Mike, thank you.