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Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin tells the judge he does not plan to testify at his trial in this screenshot a Court TV video feed Derek Chauvin tells the judge he does not plan to testify at his trial in this screenshot a Court TV video feed
Melba Vasquez | 21 April, 2021, 10:38

Tuesday's result was announced after a jury of six white and six racial minorities reached a (necessarily) unanimous verdict deliberated for some ten hours and found Mr. Chauvin guilty on counts of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Mr Biden also assured the family the government was going to get "a lot more done" to combat systemic racism in the country, while Ms Harris promised to make "something good come out of this tragedy".

The verdict in the Chauvin trial was a test for America, said Hines. "This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement", Crump tweeted.

"I would not call today's verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration". A video showing Floyd's final moments went viral shortly after he was detained. Biden, Harris and first lady Jill Biden also spoke with Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother, from the Oval Office. The intersection of race and law enforcement has always been contentious in the United States, underscored by a series of deadly incidents involving white police officers and Black people in a number of American cities in recent years.

"Justice for Black America is justice for all of America". The anguished cries of Mr. Floyd were heard in the courtroom over and over. "I think those 12 [jurors] in that regard speak for where we are in this country", she said.

"The cumulative effect of having so many camera angles is the jury and the world watched George Floyd die over and over and over again throughout this trial", said Brockton Hunter, a Minneapolis defense attorney who closely followed the proceedings.

The verdict was read in a courthouse ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire and patrolled by National Guard troops, in a city on edge against another round of unrest, not just because of the Chauvin case but because of the deadly police shooting of a young Black man, Daunte Wright, in a Minneapolis suburb April 11.

For much of his lengthy closing argument, Mr. Nelson urged jurors to judge Mr. Chauvin's actions more leniently from the perspective of a police officer working in a stressful and unpredictable situation.

The site is located outside of Cup Foods, the convenience store linked to Floyd's fatal interaction with Chauvin last May.

Judge Peter Cahill, who oversaw the trial, dismissed the defense's motion on Monday, but did concede that Waters may have made an appeal easier for the defense.

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. They covered the potential pitfalls with a battery of seasoned medical experts who ruled out a drug overdose and use-of-force experts and senior law-enforcement figures, including the city's police chief, who said the prolonged restraint went against officer policy and training. "Believe your eyes. What you saw, you saw", prosecutor Steve Schleicher said, referring to the bystander video of Floyd pinned to the pavement with Chauvin's knee on or close to his neck for up to 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as onlookers yelled at the officer to get off.

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