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Hoosiers react to Derek Chauvin conviction

On April 20, Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts against him. Now, Hoosiers are reacting to the results of his trial.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 10:10 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 10:19 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - 530 miles down the road from Minneapolis, Lafayette residents and other Hoosiers have a mixed bag of emotions following the conviction of Derek Chauvin. Take Ginger Osborne, who is traveling to see family in Illinois. She says she isn't sure how to feel after following all the events over the last year.

"I hope I think... whoever was at fault I think the verdict was about the only answer really that was going to be for everybody involved, so I really don't know," Osborne said.

On the other hand, there's Vishal Chakravarthi, who was pleased to see Chauvin convicted.
"You know um, George Floyd regardless of his race or color deserved justice because there was excessive force from the police," Chakravarthi said.
Chakravathi is Indian, and says the problem of police brutality extends beyond the borders of the U.S.

"It's a problem in India as well, where I'm from, and regardless of George being black or white or blue or whatever, um you know the judgment was right," Chakravathi said.

Others like Jim Stacui were aware of the trial but haven't been able to follow closely. He believes as long as due process was served, the trial was fair.
"I honestly don't know enough about the trial to have an opinion... if it was a fair trial that wasn't influenced by outside factors, then it was fair. If it was fair it was fair," Stacui said.

Then there's Barag Vasekar who said he felt the trial was very close to him. He says while he's happy with the conviction, there's more work to be done.

"I think justice is served, but justice will really be served when this kind of incident will never occur in our country, not a single incident," Vasekar said.

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