Crowd outside court reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts — George Floyd

Derek Chauvin tells the judge he does not plan to testify at his trial in this screenshot a Court TV video feed

Even a verdict finding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd's murder will not erase generations of trauma caused by systemic racism, Vice President Kamala Harris said Tuesday.

Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The jury reached its verdict Tuesday after deliberating about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man's neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.

Chauvin is now in custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and will be sentenced in eight weeks. Outside the courthouse, a crowd of several hundred people erupted in cheers when the verdict was announced.

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. Chris Dixon, a 41-year old Black Minneapolis resident, had tears rolling down his face. "You said no weapon formed against us can prosper". "I'm just very proud of where I live right now".

He was charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death.

He said that he had spoken to Mr Floyd's family on Monday and "can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they're feeling".

"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. 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 risky to others", and second-degree manslaughter involving a death caused by "culpable negligence".

The verdict in the Chauvin trial was a test for America, said Hines.

Mr. Chauvin had the option of having the jury rule on the aggravating factors or putting it in the hands of Judge Cahill.

Floyd's murder on May 25, 2020, set off a social justice reckoning past year with hundreds of protests across the country. Chauvin had no previous criminal convictions.

The racially diverse jury was made up of six white women, three Black men, three white men, two mixed race women and one Black woman. However, Mr. Biden said he had waited until the jury was sequestered (i.e., without access to the outside world) before calling the family. Floyd's death prompted protests against racism and police brutality in many cities in the United States and around the world past year.

A person reacts to the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington. The three others are due to face trial later this year on aiding-and-abetting charges in Floyd's death.

Among the 38 witnesses who testified for the prosecution were some of the bystanders who watched Floyd's May 25, 2020 arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes.

It was also the beginning of the defund police movement in North America. Frazier had used her cellphone to make a video depicting Floyd's excruciating ordeal, images that catalyzed the subsequent protests. Courteney Ross, Floyd's girlfriend of almost three years, recalled their first kiss and their shared struggle with opioid addiction. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY says Congress must keep working on legislation "to bring meaningful change" to police departments. Chauvin's defense team tried to obtain a mistrial in response to the publicity surrounding Waters' comments.



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