Downtown Demonstrators March In Celebration Of Guilty Verdict

Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield talks with a number of those marching in downtown Minneapolis following the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict (3:45). WCCO 4 News - April 20, 2021

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FRANK VASCELLARO: Here's a live look from Sky 4, downtown Minneapolis near Government Center. These folks have been on the move, and a lot of folks were actually still stationed in front of the Government Center as well. And it wasn't like it was protests like we've seen before, it's similar to 3 in Chicago, a lot of cheers, flag waving, and joy. Those people have been gathering outside of the government center since the start of the trial and they certainly amassed there today as soon as we had word of a verdict.

AMELIA SANTANIELLO: Yeah, and Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield has been with them and she is with them right now. Susan-Elizabeth, we see them on the move. Where, where is everybody going?

[CROWD CHANTING] Black lives they matter here.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Yeah. Well, Amelia, we're actually at Third Avenue and Third Street downtown and there is a crowd surrounding me. You can see there's a lot of energy. And, you know, Reg just used the word unity. There's a lot of unity out here tonight. I was out here 24 hours ago and there was a march. It was more of a protest, and this has almost a little bit of a parade feel. People united here in support of George Floyd. And one of those people I want to talk to real quick is Liv. Liv lives in Minneapolis, and I know you said you've been out here for the protest.

- Yes.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Is tonight different? What is the feeling?

- I feel a lot more hopeful energy in the air, I'm going to be honest. People, people's spirits seemed a little bit more uplifted than they have been in the past week. But I also feel like there's a lot of resolve here, you know. Even though, like, this was a victory, a small victory in some ways, I think people are going to keep showing this energy, especially in Minneapolis.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Yeah, and you know, one thing I think is very interesting is people are walking. We're paused right now, but we've been walking for a while. After this the plan is to go after up to Brooklyn Center. And that's symbolic because you're not just standing in the celebration, you're moving forward.

- Right. I mean, justice needs to continue to be served. Obviously, whenever the trial for Kim Potter occurs, we're going to hope for the same outcome. I think that right now the, the bodies you're seeing out here, the energy that you're seeing out here is, it's all about accountability. You know, we're trying to hold cops accountable for the lives that they've stolen.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Well, thank you so much. And Mikel, I want to ask you a quick question, too.

- Yeah.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: I know you've been out here at the protest. You're out here tonight. What do you think George Floyd's legacy will be?

- Yeah, I mean, I think it'll be, you know, a really important legacy of civil rights. I think this is a, a rare win. You know, a rare time where you really see justice served, and I think, you know, that's something that can really set an example, that we're able to actually hold police accountable. You know, and that we're able to actually hold the city accountable and hold government accountable as far as how protesters are treated and, yeah, how citizens are treated.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Do you think this is a celebration tonight? I mean, how would you describe it? Are there mixed feelings?

- I definitely think it's a celebration. You know, I think there's still, still some mixed feelings. You know, Daunte Wright. So, are waiting on the case for Kim Potter. There's still a lot of injustice that we've seen in the last year with a lot of other people that have been killed, you know. And so I think it's definitely a celebration.

- De La Ibe.

- De La Ibe. Yes, he was still killed. You know there's, this is a celebration, it's really great, but, yeah, there's still a lot of work to be done.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Thank you guys so much for talking with us. I know you're going to continue marching with-- I'm going to let you look for a second, but there are people surrounding me. I mean, there are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people. They are chanting, many of them excited. And one thing I will tell you guys that I am saying tonight that I have not seen in the past 11 months of covering this story, is that there are some people out here with smiles underneath their masks. You can see it with their eyes. So even though this story is far from over, there appears to be more peace in this city at this moment tonight.

AMELIA SANTANIELLO: All right. Thank you very much, Susan-Elizabeth.