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Chauvin Trial Reaction: Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner

Chief at a podium
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WGLT
Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner.

Academics and advocates were not the only ones keenly watching the trial of Derek Chauvin. So were police.

Rick Bleichner is police chief for the Town of Normal. Bleichner says it was good to see justice done with the guilty verdict. Bleichner says he's also not surprised at other officers speaking out against Chauvin's behavior, something that is unusual in police shootings of civilians.

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WGLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio.