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Former Prosecutor And Judge On The Derek Chauvin Verdict

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CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot spoke to Patricia Brown Holmes. She said the verdict was right on point. The reason? The way the prosecutor charged to the case.

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IRIKA SARGENT: From Charlie, let's turn now to CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot in our streetside studio. Suzanne?

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Irika, Brad, I spoke to Patricia Brown Holmes. She is an attorney who is also a former federal and state prosecutor, and a retired judge. Now, she says the verdict was right on point. The reason? Because of the way the prosecutor charged the case.

PATRICIA BROWN HOLMES: They focused in on exactly what it takes to convict in a situation where there is either reckless disregard for actions, or whether there is intent for actions, and whether there was an unreasonable use of force.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Now, I also spoke with Kwyn Townsend Riley. She is with the Black Youth Project 100. She says this verdict shows that the system only works when there is a resounding call for change.

KWYN TOWNSEND RILEY: George Floyd's girlfriend has said, like, how everybody was walking around with their eyes shut for a very long time, and people are finally opening them. And I feel as if people are finally actually opening their ears to hear the chants, and to hear the cries, and to hear the anger of young people that are organizing on the front lines.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Now, Townsend Riley says there is still work to do, and Black people should use this time as a moment of reflection as to what lies ahead. Brad, Irika?

IRIKA SARGENT: Suzanne, thank you.