Team Coverage Of North Texas Reaction To Derek Chauvin Verdict

Chavin was found guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd.

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DOUG DUNBAR: --the nation, of course, on that courtroom in Minneapolis for the verdict this afternoon. Want to continue with our Steve Pickett in Dallas with reaction there. People watched on television like so many of us. Steve?

STEVE PICKETT: Here in the Uptown area, where there is a number of restaurants, eateries, bars along the uptown area, Doug. We were inside Harris's House of Heroes when that verdict came in. There was a crowd filled of individuals along the bar area watching those TV screens. As you've seen before in these kinds of cases, it garnered so much attention.

- Hey, Josh?

- And when that verdict came, loud applause from a number of people. And over and over, we heard that applause from people as each verdict was read.

- Today is a day that history was made for all, for all. And this will send a message to all police officers that do wrong, this just can't happen.

- I'm happy to hear it. I didn't think it should've came to this, 'cause we've basically seen him kill him.

- I feel like justice was served today. I also feel like it was not just served for George Floyd. It was also served for us as Black people, us as African-Americans that have been struggling. My grandmother, my people, to have-- Martin Luther King. I feel like today was an act of God.

STEVE PICKETT: And if you will, the other voices that we heard inside included one woman who told us that she thought this was a shortchange of justice, that these verdicts today were bittersweet. That she believed what she had been advocating all along was first-degree murder, that this police officer essentially got away with murder, and wanted to make sure that people did not forget that there were plenty of people, not only in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but around the country who felt the same way despite the jury's verdicts today. Reporting live, Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News.

DOUG DUNBAR: Steve, thank you so much. The area's faith community, we know, anxiously awaiting the decision today. Robbie Owens continuing our team coverage. She's at Friendship West Baptist Church for us in Dallas. Robbie?

ROBBIE OWENS: Doug, this afternoon, I watched that verdict here at Friendship West Church. I was watching the senior pastor, Dr. Frederick Haynes. As he watched the TV screen, your eyes filled with tears. Why?

FREDERICK HAYNES III: Well, it's a long journey from last May, I believe it was Memorial Day. The day after, when we found out that George Floyd had been callously murdered, the jury has just shared with us. And the world broke out enraged. And now we hoped that justice would be served, and that at least accountability would take place. And so it blew my mind that someone old enough to witness Rodney King, someone who has seen justice not served in too many instances, and finally a Black life mattered. Black death mattered. And that meant a lot.

ROBBIE OWENS: So where do we go from here? The attorney general read this long list, too long list of names. Where do we go from here so that we can stop having trials and start seeing change?

FREDERICK HAYNES III: Well, the Attorney General gave us marching orders. And that is, we now need both systemic and cultural change. We cannot go back to business as usual. It's not enough for us to rejoice in this one victory. Now we have to push for real, systemic change, cultural change, and make America what America says it wants to be on paper.

ROBBIE OWENS: Dr. Frederick Haynes, thank you so much for standing by to share your insight. And of course, we will be continuing this conversation tonight at 10:00 and in the days to come. Live in Dallas, Robbie Owens, CBS 11 News.

DOUG DUNBAR: Robbie, we thank you so much. And we know cities across this nation are reacting to the wake of the verdict, obviously. J.D. Miles continues for us outside DPD headquarters. J.D., what are you hearing from across the country?

J.D. MILES: Doug, as you and everyone else knows, the Dallas Police Department has a lot of experience handling community protests, to high-profile police events and trial verdicts that have opened both here and across the country. And in a lot of those cases, the focus is on this area here outside Dallas police headquarters. Right now, as you can see, there's no activity.

But the department and the city have been putting up barricades all around the building, just in the past hour. Often, this is the scene of protests and demonstrations like we saw last summer, and the year before that during the Amber Guyger murder trial. In both of those cases, there was a lot of preplanning by DPD and retraining to keep things peaceful, even if that wasn't always the case after.

DPD notified its officers yesterday that it was issuing an all-hands-on-deck directive in preparation for today's verdict. No time off would be allowed that wasn't pre-approved, and the officers were ordered to keep their uniforms and equipment close over the next several days. The department was likely more concerned about the possibility of a not guilty verdict. But because of all the emotions that this trial has stirred, DPD, as you can see, is still keeping its guard up. Live in Dallas, J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News.