Transcript for Young eyewitness who testified in Chauvin trial speaks about guilty verdict
We'll continue with more on the conviction and ABC news exclusive with judeah Reynolds. She was just 9 years old back in may on a trip to the store for snacks with her cousin darnella. Her cousin taking that video that shocked the world. In his summation the prosecution's rebuttal Jerry Blackwell highlighted judeah's testimony. It's not that complicated in what it is you have to decide is so simple that a child could understand it, in fact, a child did understand it when the 9-year-old girl said, get off of him. That's how simple it was, get off of him. Common sense. Good morning to you, both, judeah, how are you feeling? Were you able to get some sleep last night, hon? Yes. I'm glad that you were able to do that. Where were you yesterday when you heard that the former police officer had been found guilty? Were you watching on TV? Yes. And who were you with at the time. My momma and my dad. And what was everybody saying when they heard that the former police officer had been found guilty? What were people saying around you? My mom said that we brought my dad said we won. Change and we won. That's how a lot of people are feeling. What did you say? What were your feelings having been in the court and hearing that the former police officer had been found guilty? What were you thinking and feeling? Kind of proud. Ah. La Toya, can I ask you, you have been there by little judeaa's side right this morning and there in the court. What has that experience been like? How have you been able to help her and the family during this time? It's been a lot. I'm just thankful that god has allowed me to be part of this young lady's journey city. She's been a history changer. Her persistence about asking to go to the store that day has changed policing in America, so all I can just do at this point is be grateful and thankful and I don't know where I get the energy from. I don't know where the resources are coming in from but I'm just very thankful that I've been allowed to be a part of this. With the help of just a great team keeping her safe and providing mental health care for her and her family, I'm just very thankful to be a part of it. It's a lot for a 9-year-old. I know she's now 10. It's a lot. How do you help her navigate Absolutely. Trying to keep her 10-year-old life as normal as possible, school, snacks and just doing what 10-year-olds do with their siblings. You think she has any idea, I mean, for the prosecutor, in his rebuttal to show her picture again and to talk about what she Dade when the paramedics came, get off of him, has it even sunk into the family the importance of darnella's video, her cousin, but also what little judeah said in court? Yeah. Absolutely. I think for the family, we absolutely know that if not for judeah, we wouldn't have been in that position at that time, so if not for judeah, there would have been no walk to the store for snacks and the video as far as judeah, I don't think she realizes the magnitude that she has changed the world. I understand that you are writing a book. What's the title of that book? Judeah's walk to the store. And what are you going to tell -- what are you going to write about in the book? What do you want to share in that book? To be brave and bring change to their story. Thank you for getting up and latoy Ya, bless you for being there for judeah and her family. Thank you. Thank you. Couldn't help but notice she had queen -- how she had that t-shirt and because judeah was there, Derek chauvin could get more time not only was her testimony important, but as Dan mentioned to you, Amy, the crime took place in front of a minor sohe judge could give a higher sentence because of that. Right and the impact is real. You know, having anyone see that, but a 9-year-old witness that, it's horrific. It stays with her. I know, just think about how everyone who saw the video, their reaction. Imagine you were there. Yeah. I mean, it pales -- all of this pales in comparison to what the family, George Floyd's family is going through so just have to keep that in mind when we have the emotions we have, the various emotions, what those who witnessed and how brave they all were to go and the police officers who testified on behalf and against their former officer, that was something we rarely see. So shocking to see but the right thing to do. We saw a lot of courage come in the face of such adversity and hopefully, we said hope that this will be the change that we all have been waiting for. Accountability. I can't stress that enough. Coming up we will have a lot
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