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Chauvin Trial Reaction: Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner

Chief at a podium
Ryan Denham
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 Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.