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AADM President Speaks on Chauvin Trial


Much of the nation is following the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. The former officer is charged with the death of George Floyd after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Mokah-Jasmine Johnson, president of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, is among those watching the events unfold.

"It's been really, really heavy for me. They played the video so many times during the trial. and then listening to so many witnesses' testimonies, even the EMT that showed up on the scene, it's heartbreaking. It's difficult to watch and to listen to."

She says she and others are considering traveling to Minneapolis to show support for the Floyd family depending on the verdict.

"If the outcome is that he walks, maybe we need to go and join them in Minneapolis and march."

Johnson says the AADM is planning action, no matter the outcome of the trial.

"We're planning on having another Justice for Black Lives rally to bring awareness not to only the Gorge Floyd reform bill but also to the civilian oversight that's very important for there to be some type of civilian police oversight within communities, especially now, during these times. You can visit our website and stay up to date with all the activities and things we have going on. We'll put it out there on Facebook."

For more information, visit aadmovement.org.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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