San Diego civil rights lawyers welcome Chauvin verdict — warily

San Diego reaction to verdict

The long-term implications on police reform and accountability are uncertain, lawyer said

San Diego Union Tribune
APRIL 20, 2021 6:23 PM PT

Civil rights lawyers in San Diego welcomed the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, but were cautious whether the outcome would lead immediately to significant changes in policing and police accountability.

“It’s hard to tell,” said San Diego lawyer Julia Yoo, the president of the National Police Accountability Project, an organization of more than 600 members who advocate for more accountability for law enforcement. She has represented numerous individuals and families in lawsuits against local police departments.

“I think it is an important step and important moment for the George Floyd family, and the entire nation,” Yoo said. “I hope it’s a wake up call for civil rights across the country.”

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