(AP) — Faith leaders in Minnesota and across the United States expressed hope that their advocacy work for racial justice will gain momentum from the guilty verdict rendered against Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd.

“It’s very encouraging for our overall work around racial justice to see the system, in this case, work,” said the Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches. “It makes us believe even more in God.”

Stacey Smith, a member of the council’s board and presiding elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Minnesota, suggested Tuesday’s murder conviction could energize the council’s recently launched “truth and reparations” initiative.

Demonstrators gather around the pavement where George Floyd was murdered outside Cup Foods to celebrate the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in his death on April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)

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