Derek Chauvin guilty in death of George Floyd


"But the fact that we can respond in this way shows some promise and light there".

"There have to be a year's worth of protests and a phalanx of other White police officers to tell one White officer that he was wrong, to get one scintilla of justice".

As the verdict was read out Chauvin looked on silently in the Hennepin County courtroom where jurors spent three weeks listening to testimony about the day Floyd died under the weight of the 45-year-old cop's knee during an arrest on May 25, 2020.

The jury, including six white people and six people of color, spent about 10 hours to reach the verdict from the three-week trial.

"It's like an asterisk on the success", he said.

Chauvin will return to court in two months when he will be sentenced. "And you can see [from] the reaction from the crowd how America feels, and I'm sure people who are watching all over this country or watching all over the world are on their devices getting messages from people, as I am saying: 'Thank you, Jesus, ' 'Thank God, ' 'Finally, justice on all counts'".

"There's a lot more work to get done, and it's very complex work; it's not just a guilty verdict in what should've been an open-and-shut case", Coleman said.

Within hours of the verdict, the political establishment in MA reacted with wide praise, calling it an important step toward reform. Last year, the Legislature passed sweeping police reform laws in response to Floyd's death, and officials in Boston created the city's first independent police watchdog office. Several candidates for Boston mayor and City Council released statements Tuesday calling for greater transparency and accountability in policing.

Here are a few pictures which capture the mood of America as it continues to celebrate the verdict.

For Nikki Archuleta, an organizer with the local Black Lives Matter group, seeing Derek Chauvin convicted of the murder of George Floyd was emotional.


Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins called the verdict "a victory". "I don't see a near future in which we're moving away from video because I think that in most cases, we have been raised to be blind to the injustices that are going on around us".

In the wake of a series of recent police-involved shootings and other violent episodes that have taken place over the course of the trial, he has repeatedly called for Congress to pass an ambitious bill on policing reform, named for Floyd and co-authored by Vice President Kamala Harris.

"Today we are able to breathe again", Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said, as he and other family members teared up in joy and relief.

"While this verdict was a step in the right direction, it is only one step in a broader fight against the systemic racism within our country", SABA said.

And throughout the city, residents who had watched the trial on their own, in hopes for justice, expressed similar elation.

MSNBC analyst Jason Johnson had predicted that Chauvin would be found guilty, but breaking with many of his colleagues, he sounded pessimistic about the verdict's significance.

"What excites me the most about this verdict is we get to see a generation of kids who get to witness justice this time around".

She was not alone in that feeling.

Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.



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