There is no doubt that the public benefited from watching the Diallo trial. The jury, composed of four black jurors, including the foreperson, and eight white jurors, acquitted the officers not only of murder but also of reckless endangerment. While there were protests and arrests after the verdict, the city was basically peaceful. The public watched the testimony of witnesses, the rulings by the judge and the arguments of the attorneys, all of which contributed greatly to understanding the verdict. At a press conference following the verdict, then-Mayor Rudy Giuiliani praised Court TV and the presence of a camera for shining a light on the process, which in turn kept peace in the community.