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Key Witnesses In Chauvin’s Trial Share Their Reactions To Guilty Verdict

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A day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, two of the most memorable witnesses, Charles McMillian and Donald Williams, share their reactions to the verdict, Jason DeRusha reports (1:34) WCCO 4 News At 5 - April 21, 2021

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- A day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, we're hearing from two of the most memorable witnesses for the prosecution.

- They are two men from the neighborhood who ended up at 38th and Chicago and tried to get police officers to stop. Here's Jason DeRusha.

CHARLES MCMILLAN: I've been affected very emotionally.

GAYLE KING: Yeah

CHARLES MCMILLAN: I'm very emotional, and I'm still emotional behind what I watched happen with George.

JASON DERUSHA: Minnesota and America watched as Charles McMillan called out to George Floyd.

CHARLES MCMILLAN: You can't win.

GEORGE FLOYD: My neck.

CHARLES MCMILLAN: You can't win.

JASON DERUSHA: When the judge announced guilty, guilty, guilty, McMillan told Gayle King on "CBS This Morning" he was shocked.

CHARLES MCMILLAN: I work at a car wash.

GAYLE KING: Uh-huh.

CHARLES MCMILLAN: And somebody came through and was telling me, and they said, man, you really did it. And I go, did what? They go, they found him guilty of all charges.

JASON DERUSHA: Fate brought Donald Williams, the MMA fighter, to that same spot, 38th and Chicago, last May.

DONALD WILLIAMS: I did call the police on the police.

You know, it's tough. It's tough nights, you know? And I'm just trying to stay mentally tough with it, you know, and not let it consume me.

JASON DERUSHA: The defense tried to paint the bystanders as angry and Williams--

- --called him a bum at least 13 times.

JASON DERUSHA: --as the angry Black man.

DONALD WILLIAMS: And it sucks that, you know, I had to go up there and endure that. And, you know, now the world sees that, as well.

JASON DERUSHA: Two more lives forever changed by those nine minutes and 29 seconds.

CHARLES MCMILLAN: Everybody's gotta work on change.

GAYLE KING: Yes.

CHARLES MCMILLAN: The whole world gotta work on change behind-- George sent a message for change.

JASON DERUSHA: Jason DeRusha, WCCO 4 News.