Derek Chauvin

Athens News Matters: Mariah Parker

Apr 30, 2021

ACC Commissioner Marish Parker on the county’s budget, social justice, her reaction to the verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd, and a seeming explosion in police shootings.

Athens for Everyone

Athenians joined the rest of the nation in following the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin and while a guilty verdict brought that case to a close, a seemingly constant number of similar situations is taking a psychological toll. Dr. LaKeisha Gantt is a Psychologist in Athens.

"It impacts our emotions, how we think, oftentimes it can impact how we function in our day-to-day life. It can impact us physically."

Gantt says it has an even greater bearing on Black Americans.


The nation is still reacting after the guilty verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. He was guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd. Mokah Jasmine Johnson is the president of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement. She calls the verdict a win, but there is still much to do.

Ex-cop Guilty of Murder and Manslaughter in Floyd Case

Apr 20, 2021
Court TV via AP, Pool

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The jury deliberated about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest. Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.


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."