'A New Day': Cities Nationwide React To Chauvin Guilty Verdict

'A New Day': Cities Nationwide React To Chauvin Guilty Verdict”

The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges in Floyd's death during an arrest last Memorial Day: second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Shortly after the judge over Chauvin's trial announced the verdict, activist and Ward 8 City Council candidate Aisia Jones led the crowd in chants of "killer cops are going to jail". The three-week-long trial had received widespread coverage across broadcast and cable news networks since it began on March 30, with reporters and analysts on the ground in downtown Minneapolis.

Wearing a facemask and displaying no visible emotion, Chauvin was escorted out of the courtroom by a deputy as one of Floyd's brothers, Philonise Floyd, embraced prosecutors. Sentencing will be at a later date.

The jury delivered its verdict on Tuesday, less than a year after Chauvin, who is white, pinned the 46-year-old Black man down with a knee to his neck last May.

Ahead of the verdict, cities across the United States had been braced for potential unrest and National Guard troops have been deployed in Minneapolis.

"George Floyd's name now represents the urgency of racial reckoning and police reform across our country", said Janey, adding that, "As the first Black mayor and the first woman mayor of the city of Boston, I continue to pray for the family of George Floyd".

"I'm not happy until I get [Chauvin's prison time], and they put him in the population and they treat him like a criminal - like they look at us in the community as criminals", she told the station.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that although no verdict will ever bring George Floyd back to his family, the conviction "does give us all hope that our system is capable of achieving some measure of accountability".

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"Here is the truth about racial injustice: It is not just a Black America problem or a "people of color" problem".

Jabril, who is Muslim and grew up in South Central L.A., said he remembers the fires and looting in the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King verdict, when four police officers were acquitted after being videotaped beating King during a highway stop. "Although a verdict was reached today, I ask for calm". "Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!"

Many said they had prepared for a different result after watching countless deaths of people of colour at the hands of police who went unpunished. Today, they got that accountability.

LaTonya Goldsby, a leader of Black Lives Matter Cleveland and Tamir's cousin, said the group planned the event knowing it would happen on the day of the verdict, but not knowing when that would be.

"The jury has rightly called this case what it was: murder. But you couldn't even enjoy that", Kimberly Shepherd said. "It's exactly what you knew, it's what you felt in your gut, it's what you now know in your heart". "Nine minutes and 29 seconds of shocking abuse of authority".

Much of the evidence phase of the trial involved testimony from medical experts about Floyd's cause of death.

US Vice President Kamala Harris said, "We are all part of George Floyd's legacy". "I believed my eyes then, so I believed my eyes this time with George Floyd". Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.

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