Tampa policing task force meets only minutes after Chauvin verdict

President Joe Biden said the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd is a giant step towards racial justice

Biden and Harris called on Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform, including by approving a bill named for Floyd, who died with his neck under Chauvin's knee last May.

The footage drew outrage across the United States and triggered worldwide protests and violence.

On Tuesday, the world watched as Chauvin's verdict was read in court - guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

"I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that's disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function", he said shortly after sending the jury to begin deliberations. "May they find some peace with this decision".

Blue Shield of California CEO Paul Markovich called Tuesday's verdict evidence of the criminal justice system "at work".

"Painfully earned justice has finally arrived", he tweeted.

"This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state", the statement read.

"That a family had to lose a son, brother and father; that a teenage girl had to film and post a murder, that millions across the country had to organize and march just for George Floyd to be seen and valued is not justice". Floyd can be heard on the video crying out for his mother and telling officers he could not breathe. "We recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done and we are committed to being a part of that progress".

Video showing Mr Floyd struggling with police drew outrage across the US. Chants of "George Floyd" and "All three counts" broke out. He said Chauvin feared a piece of paper would be confiscated. "I'm exhausted of seeing a white male can go into a location with an AR rifle and shoot up and kill everybody and live to get arrested, but African Americans are fighting to just survive a traffic stop and be unarmed", Dr. Holt told KGUN9.

They say one of the most likely avenues of appeal is the huge publicity given to the case, with the defence team arguing that this might have influenced the jury. Prosecutors could seek a longer sentence of up to 40 years if Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the trial, determines that there were "aggravating factors".

Over the weekend, Ms Waters had urged protesters to "stay on the street" and "get more confrontational" if Chauvin were acquitted.

Speaking from the Oval Office while the jury was deliberating in Minneapolis, Biden said, "I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict".

"The reality is justice doesn't happen in the State of Nevada, so for Nevadans who are engaged in this topic it's really important for folks to understand what's happening locally", said Nissa Tzun, with the Forced Trajectory Project.

Their relief is shared by many in the city, a place that has been on edge for months. Nobody was criminally charged or convicted in Rice's death.

At least one viral social media post claimed that Chauvin - a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) who was sacked after a video of his fatal encounter with Floyd went viral - was likely to spend "the rest of his life in prison".

The 46-year-old bought a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store in South Minneapolis on the evening of 25 May 2020.



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