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Watch now: 'Change is coming' | Small crowd celebrates guilty verdict in Chauvin trial on Monument Square
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Watch now: 'Change is coming' | Small crowd celebrates guilty verdict in Chauvin trial on Monument Square

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"Change is coming," Xavier Simmons, the 24-year-old founder of the CHANGE IS COMING group that has organized many marches regarding racial justice, said during a small gathering Tuesday on Monument Square, hours after a Minnesota jury found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges in the killing of George Floyd last year.

"The black and brown community deserved this 401 years ago. We deserved this change," said Simmons, who is black. "We’ve got to abolish the police system.”

About a dozen people gathered in Downtown Racine Tuesday to celebrate the verdict, a crowd dwarfed by the hundreds who marched and honked car horns through Milwaukee and possibly thousands filled the streets of the Twin Cities.

Elaine Marie Kinch, a native of Dearborn, Michigan, who is now retired in Racine, showed up to Monument Square Tuesday with a Black Lives Matter flag. She said she cried tears of joy when the guilty verdicts were called out. “We have to show there is some justice in our system," she said.

Racine Lutheran High School students Laszaria Ozier and Colton Hipke had similar reactions, happy to see Chauvin being punished for the death of Floyd.

“I was moreso satisfied, if justice that can be served for George Floyd then justice can be served for all the lives that were taken," Ozier said, expressing hope that other police officers who have killed people may face trials.

Like Kinch, Jane Brosseau of Racine said she also cried after the jury found Chauvin guilty. "It was tears of relief and a thousand anxiety moments' disappointment," she said. "It's hard not to see justice. It hurts us all."

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On Friday, a statement from a Racine County Sheriff's Office public information officer issued a statement indicating that it plans to release no more information about what occurred pending the investigations of the deaths, both of which are being led by the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.

"The Racine County Sheriff’s Office has released two statements to the media concerning two inmate deaths in the County Jail on Saturday, May 29, 2021, and Tuesday, June 1, 2021," Sgt. Michael J. Luell said in an email. "The investigations into the two deaths are being handled by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office is cooperating fully with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office, as-well-as the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office (which is reported to be performing the autopsies). In respect to the integrity of the investigative process, the Sheriff’s Office is not providing any additional information or making public comments at this time."

The fiancée of one of the men that she is "now left with more questions than answers" after the little information she has received from the Racine County Sheriff's Office.

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