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Father Joseph Brown Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Verdict.

Father Joseph Brown
Father Joseph Brown is a Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at SIU Carbondale.

Some community leaders are expressing hope, after the  guilty verdict against former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin.  Father Joseph Brown, Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at SIU Carbondale,  says he tells  his students, this could lead to substantial improvements in policing.

"So I told them, that this is something we have to take time, and be quiet about and to realize that we made it to a certain space in America.  That, might show us, that change is possible."

Father Brown says the fact that Chauvin's formers co-workers and bosses testified against him in court, shows this is a turning point and should help lead to police reform.

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