"Finally, finally some justice," group member Elizabeth Rice Johnson said.
"It is an outcome that we wanted, but not necessarily an outcome that we expected given the legacy of police cases in our community," group member A.J. Franklin said.
The group is made up of former Virginia Union University students who held a sit-in at the Thalhimers department store in Richmond in 1960 to protest segregation. Leroy Bray, Jr. said that their goal was to move Black people towards equality, but that they fear progress has moved backward in the past few years.
"Yesterday's decision gave me new hope that maybe we are going to move once again in the right direction," Bray, Jr. said.
"We all have to be careful to keep this thing in proportion, even though this could very well be the beginning," Johnson said.
Group members said the social justice movement sparked by Floyd's murder needed to continue the work to push for reform that points to equality.
"Not only in police reform but also in terms of eliminating the inequities in health care, in education and in the workplace," Franklin said.