George Floyd

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.


This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It includes measures to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct, enhance transparency and data collection, and eliminate discriminatory policing practices.

The bill facilitates federal enforcement of constitutional violations (e.g., excessive use of force) by state and local law enforcement. Among other things, it does the following:


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.


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."