'Need To Continue Holding Officers Accountable'

CBS News spoke with Chicago activist Ja-mal Green, who is in Minneapolis for the Chauvin verdict, and he talked about the need to reframe conversations about public safety.

Video Transcript

- Yeah. Well, this is Ja-mal Green. And I think his perspective is important because I don't know if there's anyone under the age of 30 in this country who knows more about police community relations than this young man. He's now 25. He lives in Chicago, but now he travels the country discussing these issues. And you were just telling me a few minutes ago that-- I don't know. You're surprised that he was found guilty on all these counts. Why are you surprised given your experience learning about these issues, studying these issues, and being an activist when it comes to these issues?

JA-MAL GREEN: Well, this isn't something that we see on a day-to-day basis with these cases. The last time I've seen people cheering like this was in Chicago. I was one of the organizers on the Laquan McDonald movement. And Jason Van Dyke was one of the first or the first officer in Chicago. So we don't see it.

- But Laquan McDonald shot 16 times on the foot streets of Chicago. And it took about a year for the video of the shooting to come out. And that's when the unrest if you will began and the calls for change began as well.

JA-MAL GREEN: Yeah, he's one of the first officers in Illinois to be held accountable. So to see this as one of the first officers in Minnesota, I'm happy, I'm shocked, but we need to continue holding officers accountable. But we need real legislative change in this country. And really look at how we can move the needle because this can't keep happening. This cannot be our reality each and every day bracing for videos and bracing for if a jury or judge is going to find an officer guilty.

- I think a lot of people when they hear the celebrations, when they hear some of the statements made about Derek Chauvin they think that or they jump to the conclusion that this is about community versus cops. It's not what this is about if you talk to Ja-mal Green because he has family members who are police officers. We've talked in the past about how it's mostly about weeding the bad cops out of the system.

JA-MAL GREEN: Yeah. And that's a hard thing to do. So it has been so much that had happened over the years that this system is so corrupt. How do you even figure out where to start with that? We really got to step back and rethink public safety as a whole.

- Ja-mal Green, thank you. Good to see you again.

JA-MAL GREEN: Thank you. Good to see you.

- Neil, back to you.