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Group gathers on Lee statue following Chauvin verdict: 'This is huge'

Group gathers at Robert E. Lee statue
Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-20 19:01:17-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A group gathered on Monument Avenue at the Robert E. Lee statue on Tuesday evening following the Derek Chauvin verdict.

On Tuesday afternoon, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd.

Last summer, the Lee statue was the site of dozens of protests following Floyd's death.

On Monument Avenue on Tuesday, cars drove by honking their horns and people were yelling the word guilty. A group met, some waving flags and others playing music.

One man at the statue said he came running following the verdict, saying that the verdict was monumental for the generations to come.

"You have no idea how much this means for young people, for black people, for minorities everywhere," the man said. "We've been looking for justice to see this happen over and over and over again. And we are just so unbelievably elated with the verdict. This is huge, but the ramifications for this are decades into the future."

The man added that Tuesday's verdict is a step forward for the United States.