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

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Chauvin and three fellow officers were attempting to arrest Floyd, who was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store. The evening remained quiet.

Crowds gathered outside heavily-guarded Hennepin County court in Minneapolis, where the verdict was handed down, cheered "George Floyd" and "black lives matter" as they heard the news.

Rucker, a Cleveland resident, knows the pain of losing a loved one like George Floyd's family.

"There is no question we would have had an extremely adverse reaction and a lot of people would have paid a price", he said.

President Joe Biden called the guilty verdict "a giant step" toward justice in the United States.

"Nothing is going to make it all better but at least, God, now, there's some justice", Biden told the family in a telephone call their attorney, Benjamin Crump, posted on Twitter. "Systemic racism is a stain on the nation's soul".

And in Portland, Oregon, which has seen repeated protests and vandalism since Floyd's death, the mayor declared a state of emergency and put state police and the National Guard on standby.

"It has changed the narrative about policing in America", Fitzpatrick said Tuesday.

"It means so much to me", said Venisha Johnson, a Black woman who cried at a gathering in what's been dubbed George Floyd Square as the verdict was read.

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


Devine Carama, another notable local activist, said he shed a tear when he heard the verdict. The site has since become a rallying point for racial justice protests. Cahill said there was no evidence Chauvin's actions endangered anyone beyond Floyd. "[It] sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement".

In second-degree murder, the act that led to someone's death could have been intentional or unintentional.

"Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice", Pelosi said Tuesday at a press conference on Capitol Hill with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. And I'm very gratified at the verdict, very happy at the swiftness of the verdict. -Kamala Harris, America's first Black vice president, who also spoke from the White House.

The case sparked a nationwide reckoning on racism and policing in the U.S.

And those issues have only been reignited following the shooting of Wright by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on April 11. The three others are due to face trial later this year on aiding-and-abetting charges. The maximum sentence for this charge is 40 years in prison.

He will be sentenced in eight weeks.

The risk is that if the jury acquits him of second-degree murder but agrees he is guilty of third-degree murder, a murder conviction might not ultimately stick. Nobody was criminally charged or convicted in Rice's death.

The key to the case, outside of video, was Floyd's cause of death, Fitzpatrick said.

The case hinged on whether the jury believed the prosecution argument that Mr Chauvin used excessive, and therefore illegal, force that killed Mr Floyd.

At the time, the shock of the video showing Chauvin's actions against Floyd was still setting in. Courteney Ross, Floyd's girlfriend of almost three years, recalled their first kiss and their shared struggle with opioid addiction. He was following Minneapolis police department policies.

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