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Sharpton: No joy in this, rather Floyd alive

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Civil Rights Leader Rev. Al Shaprton says there is not joy in the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case because they would rather George Floyd "be alive." (April 20)

Video Transcript

- Say his name!

- George Floyd!

- Say his name!

- George Floyd!

- Say his name!

- George Floyd!

- Say his name!

- George Floyd!

AL SHARPTON: In a long array of fights, that we've seen three counts, guilty on all three. We don't find pleasure in this. We don't celebrate a man going to jail. We would have rather George be alive.

- Amen!

AL SHARPTON: But we celebrate that we-- because young people, white and Black, some castigated. Many that are here tonight marched, and kept marching and kept going. Many of them looked down on, but they kept marching and wouldn't let this die. And this is an assurance to them that if we don't give up, that we can win some rounds.

But the war and the fight is not over. Just two days from now, we're going to have to deal with the funeral of Daunte Wright in this same county, this same area. We still have cases to fight. But this gives us the energy to fight on. And we are determined that we're going to fight until we make federal law. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act must be law.

We had to hold each other and hug in tears, because too many nights, we've cried. Many of us for decades spent nights in jail. But today we can wipe our tears away and fight on for another day. There's sunlight. We're going to keep going 'til we bring it for the Eric Garners and the Breonna Taylors, whose boyfriend is here tonight.

- Kenny Walker.

AL SHARPTON: Kenny Walker. Sean Bell. So many that did not get this night. This night is for them. Let us pray. Dear God, we thank you for giving us the strength to stand together. Sometimes we would question each other. Sometimes we say this is just going to be a waste of time. But somehow you touch us in the midnight hours and teach us the whole law.