Tri-State leaders call for peaceful response to Chauvin verdict

Derek Chauvin

The harrowing video, which was shown repeatedly to the jury during Chauvin's three-week trial, sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the world. While nothing can bring back the life of George Floyd, today justice was served.

He says in a statement that true justice requires Americans to understand that "Black Americans are being treated differently every day" and that millions live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last.

Mr Floyd's brother, Rodney Floyd, was emotional as he described crying tears of joy at the historic ruling. This right here is for everyone that's been in this situation.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison commended the bystanders at Floyd's slow-motion death who "raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong, and then "told the whole world" what they saw".

Janay Henry, who lives nearby, said she felt grateful and relieved.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first African American woman in her position, addressed the nation on Tuesday night after the verdict was announced.

In many ways, the fact that this conviction is so rare speaks to the problems we face in America. "We still must reform the system".

The 12 sequestered jurors considered three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses including bystanders, police officials and medical experts along with hours of video evidence in the most high-profile United States case involving accusations of police misconduct in decades.

A man gestures on a bench at the George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 20, 2021. Chauvin had pleaded not guilty to the charges of second-degree unintentional murder involving "intentional infliction of bodily harm", third-degree unintentional "depraved mind" murder involving an "act eminently unsafe to others", and second-degree manslaughter involving a death caused by "culpable negligence".

A racially-diverse jury of seven women and five men in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis took less than two days at the end of a three-week trial to find the white officer guilty in unanimous decisions on all three charges he faced.

"It shouldn't be really even questioned whether there will be an acquittal or a verdict that doesn't meet the scale of the crime that was committed", Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, said in Brooklyn Center earlier on Tuesday.

At the intersection where Floyd was pinned down, a crowd chanted, "One down, three to go!", a reference to the three other fired Minneapolis police officers facing trial in August on charges of aiding and abetting murder in Floyd's death.

The charges were brought against the ex-police officer after Mr Floyd died during an arrest outside Cup Foods store on May 25 a year ago.

He was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as the 46-year-old Black man lay handcuffed facedown in the street complaining he "can't breathe".

Mr Floyd's relatives, many of them travelling from Texas, have taken turns sitting in a single chair reserved for them in the courtroom.



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