“We heard today that God had the final word and said ‘Black Lives Matter!'”

Hundreds of community activists gathered Tuesday afternoon at the area outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, now known locally as “George Floyd Square,” to celebrate the guilty verdicts found by a jury against Derek Chauvin.

Teacher and activist Marcia Howard has organized protests at the area outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, where George Floyd died last year.

Howard spoke to the community Tuesday afternoon following the verdict. She celebrated what she sees as a victory, but warns against letting the activists “capitulate to the powers of the state.”

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Protests continue in nearby Brooklyn Center

Protesters continued to demonstrate outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday night following the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin. While police and National Guard had attempted to disperse crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets on previous nights, they did not interfere as rally-goers defied the 11pm curfew to call for the convictions of the three additional officers involved in the death of George Floyd and Officer Kim Potter in the death of Daunte Wright.