Updated: April 21, 2021 09:31 AM
Created: April 21, 2021 07:06 AM
Reaction to the Derek Chauvin verdict is coming in from across the country, including Albany.
Protesters, who are camped outside the Albany Police South Station, cried and cheered when they heard the verdict Tuesday night. The protesters have now been outside the station for five days.
Although the guilty verdict came down Tuesday night, protesters say they will not be packing up and leaving the Albany Police South Station anytime soon.
The Black Lives Matter activists have been protesting the actions of Albany police officers after a protest last Wednesday that started as a protest for Daunte Wright.
The group asserts that change still needs to happen, and they believe the crusade for social justice must continue.
However, they hope the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial is the start of that.
“I guess it will start to get the ball rolling,” said Chandler Hickenbottom of Saratoga Springs. “I hope this will set a trend because honestly, this is something we’ve needed for a very long time.”
The group says they won’t leave the area until their demands are met. They are calling for the firing of two officers and for the resignation of Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins after last week’s protest.
While that protest started out peaceful, things changed when a few in the group began climbing on railings, banging on doors, and smashing a window. Officers responded with pepper spray, a move Chief Hawkins is defending.
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