Former police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder

Protesters greet the verdict

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd.

The jury returned its verdict on Tuesday afternoon after just 10 and a half hours of deliberation.

After the verdict was announced, emotions and cheers erupted outside the Minneapolis courthouse, while everyone from former President Barack Obama to Cardi B took to social media to acknowledge the critical moment in American history. "We still have to fight for justice yall", tweeted Questlove.

Pelosi said she spoke to Floyd's family earlier Tuesday before Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges in the murder of Floyd last May in Minneapolis.

The speaker and other black lawmakers called for police reform, including the passage of The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

"This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement".

The intersection of race and law enforcement has always been contentious in the United States, underscored by a series of deadly incidents involving white police officers and Black people in a number of American cities in recent years.

Chauvin's sentencing is scheduled for eight weeks from now, with an exact date yet to be confirmed.

The jury included four white women, two white men, three Black men, one Black woman and two multiracial women, according to court records. While the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled that Floyd's death was caused primarily by being subdued and restrained, the defense tried to argue a sudden cardiac arrhythmia caused his death.

The key to the case, outside of video, was Floyd's cause of death, Fitzpatrick said.

The prosecution partially relied on jurors believing the video of Floyd being kneeled on by Chauvin shows that the former officer killed Floyd. The jury did not ask any questions of the judge during their deliberations.

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