“A continuing wrestle”: At some point after Chauvin’s conviction, Greensboro rejoices, displays – and decides |
“It is definitely a sense of relief to see the officer held accountable for his actions,” said Jalloh, “although in my opinion justice has not served because the life lost will never be returned to his family.” His daughter will never see him. “
At the same time, Jalloh said she was grateful to see the responsibility “maybe for the first time”.
As the group marched, they walked down Market Street and turned left onto Church Street. There they stopped and had a moment of silence for Marcus Smith.
Smith was known as “Greensboro’s George Floyd”. In other words, another black person was killed in police custody. He died after being forcibly detained by officials on September 8, 2018 in the middle of a mental crisis.
His death is just another reason people like Anthony Morgan say they aren’t done yet, and they are definitely not done looking for change.
Morgan, who led the Black Lives Matter movement in Greensboro last summer, said he got emotional after hearing the verdict on Tuesday.
“Because we were out here,” said Morgan.
On May 30, 2020, just days after Floyd’s death, Morgan led the first march in Greensboro to seek justice. Protesters marched downtown, blocking intersections on Gate City Boulevard and closing part of Interstate 40.