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About 500 people marched from Brooklyn across the Manhattan Bridge in solidarity after the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death Tuesday.

The night began with a celebratory atmosphere at a rally at the Barclays Center, where a crowd gathered an hour after a jury found Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, guilty of murdering Floyd. They ended in Manhattan at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.

During the march, the crowd chanted and raised fists, saying it hoped the conviction was only the first step. 

"One guilty verdict for a cop is not justice. That is not justice for George Floyd’s family. We have one mission — abolition," an organizer said to the crowd.

Floyd's death in May 2020 sparked protests around the nation in solidarity around the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bicyclists from the community organization Riders for Black Lives served as buffers along the route, riding along the sides and blocking traffic with their bodies and bikes.

When the march reached an end across the Manhattan Bridge, organizers called for this protection to continue — that white people stand up and protect Black people from police violence. 

Contact Sammy Gibbons at 920-737-6895 or sgibbons@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @sammykgibbons or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReporterSammyGibbons/.

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