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Derek Chauvin Guilty X3

Derek Chauvin Guilty X3”

Chauvin's trial on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter drew worldwide attention in part because no one could credibly assert with any confidence that there would be accountability for this police killing. He was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs and placed in the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff. At George Floyd square in Minneapolis, the intersection where Floyd was killed and is now named after him, people screamed, applauded and some threw dollar bills in the air in celebration.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens to the verdict in his trial.

"Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd's family". That did not change with today's verdict, but it must change if this country is to make progress.

"America has a long history of systemic racism", she said, adding that Black people - Black men in particular - have been treated as "less than human" throughout the course of history.

Mr Floyd's brother, Rodney Floyd, was emotional as he described crying tears of joy at the historic ruling. Members of Floyd's family took turns attending the trial, though some tried to avert their gaze when video of Floyd's death, recorded from multiple angles, was replayed to jurors. This right here is for everyone that's been in this situation.

"A measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice", she said.

"It was a murder in the full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see [systemic racism]", Biden said from the White House, calling American racism "a stain on our nation's soul".

Meanwhile, the US' first and only black president, Barack Obama, issued a statement in which he said the jury "did the right thing" but "true justice requires much more".

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In many ways, the fact that this conviction is so rare speaks to the problems we face in America. "It requires us to recognise that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last", the former USA president wrote in a statement. Dozens of witnesses, including bystanders, policing experts, and medical professionals, testified for an additional two weeks.

People march near the Minnesota State Capitol to honor George Floyd on 19 March 19, 2021 in St Paul, Minnesota.

Hines, who hoped for a guilty verdict, said there was enough evidence to convict Chauvin on a first degree murder charge.

All three charges required that jurors find that Mr Chauvin's acts were a "substantial causal factor" in Mr Floyd's death but none required that they find he meant to kill Mr Floyd.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Joe Biden said he believes the Chauvin case is "overwhelming".

Three other former police officers - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng - also face charges in connection with Floyd's death.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a 45-year-old now-fired white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man's neck for about 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd gasped that he couldn't breathe and onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off.



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