Martin Luther King III reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Apr 2021, 10:45AM
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Martin Luther King III reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Apr 2021, 10:45AM

The son of Martin Luther King Junior says instead of defunding the police, they should be restructuring the police.

An investigation in to Minneapolis police practices has been launched after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Martin Luther King III told Mike Yardley society expects police to do everything, but the police role was never designed to protect and serve every specific need.

"There should be funding for mental health and other areas that police shouldn't have to attend to."

King says it's a tragic situation when police don't know how to apprehend someone, without killing them.

Chauvin is being held in a prison housing unit until his sentencing in eight weeks.

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