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Significantly, Lyon characterized the trial as a “civil rights victory” due specifically to the video evidence of Chauvin’s actions toward George Floyd, which controverted the first police version. Lyon is spearheading a national alliance of individuals, former prisoners, and organizations proposing that an independent “Defender General” should be appointed to represent the interests of people exposed to the state and federal laws and be counsel at the policy table in considering social justice issues, litigations and laws. She points out that had the criminal bar been consulted regarding the 1994 criminal law legislation, they would have accurately forecast the over incarceration of people of color.

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