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‘I Don’t Feel Any Safer Today …’: Former Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce Reacts To Chauvin Trial

Soon after George Floyd's death last May, former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce spearheaded the NBA's Coaches for Racial Justice initiative, which seeks to influence policy reform.
Soon after George Floyd's death last May, former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce spearheaded the NBA's Coaches for Racial Justice initiative, which seeks to influence policy reform.
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Former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said he felt a range of emotions when Derek Chauvin was pronounced guilty of George Floyd’s murder.

Soon after Floyd’s death last May, Pierce spearheaded the NBA’s Coaches for Racial Justice initiative, which seeks to influence policy reform.

Pierce told WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress that he held his breath as a Minneapolis jury handed down Tuesday’s verdict.

“I think everyone held their breath yesterday because of fear,” Pierce said. “Fear that the system would prove to us something other than what our eyes showed us.”

Despite initial relief, Pierce said he’s even more scared now of what might happen when there’s no camera recording a police officer’s interaction with a Black person.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.