FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Fort Wayne Photographer and artist DJ E-Clyps documented the unrest in Fort Wayne after the death of George Floyd last summer.
He was watching news coverage closely as the judge read the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial Tuesday.
Fort Wayne's NBC News caught up with him shortly after the verdict was announced. "I was glad the family of George Floyd got justice," he says. "But so many others need justice."
He says more work needs to be done in terms of police reform and social justice. "It's still important for us to continue to fight for more rights and to influence our government to pass the George Floyd Bill," he says. "People didn't go out there and protest for nothing. It is progress, and you have to celebrate progress in any form you can get it, but you also have to keep in mind that we still have work to do as a people and as a country."
DJ E-Clyps captured many moments during the protests in the Fort. One of his images was featured in "Time." He says the experience changed him and reaffirmed the need to use his voice to bring about change.
"I realize the importance of being responsible with whatever platform you're given," he says. "I'm strongly advocating for conversations and for people to make sure that they're active in the political process as far as getting registered to vote."