'Continue forward' - Advocates say Chauvin verdict is the start of police reform movement
Advocates say Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict is just the start of the movement for police accountability.
Kiana Abbady, a member of the group LI United to Transform Policing and Community Safety, says even though Chauvin was found guilty of all charges, calls for police reform and accountability remain.
"We continue on our path forward, we continue on the path that specifies the importance of community safety and putting people that can truly assess the issues of mental health crises, of housing crises, of lack of housing affordability, all of those issues need to be properly addressed and someone in a uniform with a badge and a gun and a Taser can't fix those issues," said Abbady.
Detective Lt. Derek Warner is with the Village of Hempstead police and is its PBA treasurer.
"One thing is that from police reform, people have requested to know more about what the police are doing, they want to know what police are doing when officers make mistakes or officers are not doing the proper things on the street, how do we handle them?" says Warner.
Warner says the department's immediate goals are continued training, adding more technology.
"We're trying to keep up with the times and also make our department a better department, where we serve the community better and obviously a goal for us is to change the perception that we want to do harm to a community," said Warner.
Abaddy says she and many of the other thousands of Long Islanders who took to the streets after the death of George Floyd say the changes and reforms they are calling for include sweeping changes to how people are policed. That includes their continued focus on the recently submitted police reform plans to the state that she says do not go far enough.