by TaRhonda Thomas, 6ABC
In the weeks and months after George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, the streets of Philadelphia were often filled with crowds of protesters chanting “No justice, no peace.”
Even though justice has been served with a guilty verdict for former officer Derek Chauvin, protesters say we’re still a long way from peace.
“I feel enraged by the fact that George Floyd is not still here with us,” said Krystal Strong, a core organizer with Black Lives Matter Philly.
Strong says it can’t be ignored that the groundswell of activism that began after Floyd’s murder had a hand in bringing Chauvin to trial. But the fact that the verdict in the trial came as another police shooting happened is proof that change still needs to happen.
BLM organizers say the real change comes when there’s consistent accountability.
“Since 2005, 16,000 people have been killed by police, but this is only the 8th police officer that has been found guilty,” Strong said of information she’d read after the Chauvin verdict.
Black Lives Matter Philly core organizer YahNe’ Ndgo was among the crowds of people who protested across the city after Floyd’s death. She said the guilty verdict gives her a sense of relief for Floyd’s family.
She says protesters were dedicated to their calls for justice.
“You don’t know what you’ll be able to accomplish, but you know you can accomplish everything if you have the people with you,” Ndgo said.