Published: Wed, April 21, 2021
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Derek Chauvin wrote attorney’s number on hand in case of guilty verdict

Derek Chauvin wrote attorney’s number on hand in case of guilty verdict

Barbara Jordan, right, joined dozens of demonstrators who marched on Central near the University of New Mexico on Tuesday to mark the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the May 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. They found Derek Chauvin, the former police officer, guilty of all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Deliberations began on Monday and lasted just over 10 hours. A few arrests and convictions of officers do not add up to justice.

The jurors remained still and quiet as the verdict was read, according to a pool report.

Watching the emotionless Chauvin, whose bail was revoked, walk away in handcuffs to await his sentencing evoked a potent mixture of relief and disbelief.

Outside the courthouse, a crowd of several hundred people erupted in cheers when the verdict was announced.

"We need to be pushing the George Floyd's Justice for Police Act-so we can get more comprehensive policies changed".

"I'm not just fighting for George anymore", he said.

Aly Bates, president of Justice for Black Lives, described the verdict as "a start, a positive step in the right direction".

"Our deepest thoughts have been with the Floyd family since this unjust tragedy", the NBA's Timberwolves and WNBA's Lynx said in a statement.

"Systematic racism is a stain on our nation's soul".

"There is far too much evidence that prejudice has an impact in criminal-justice matters, influencing not only the way individuals are treated by some police and court systems but also the rates of incarceration", they said.

"Mr. George Floyd should be here with us today", the National Football League said in a release.


Biden and Harris will deliver remarks later Tuesday.

"So now we have to focus on transforming policing in the United States since George Floyd's murder of a year ago - over 100 people have died at the hands of police", Bass said.

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

Tim Scott of SC, the only Black Republican in the Senate, told a reporter he was "absolutely" relieved, and said that the verdicts strengthened his belief in the system.

At George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, the intersection where Floyd was killed and which was later named in his honor, people screamed, applauded and some threw dollar bills in the air in celebration.

Almost a year ago the Strip served as the original gathering point for groups like Black Lives Matter to demand justice for Floyd.

Ellison addressed the Floyd family who he said had to relive the trauma and pain over and over again. This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement.

The president had repeatedly denounced Floyd's death but had previously stopped short of weighing in on Chauvin's trial, with White House officials saying it would be improper to speak out during active judicial proceedings. The U.S. case became a kind of prism through which people in Latin America viewed local instances of police misconduct. Kimberly Potter, who has since turned in her badge, has been charged with manslaughter.

In Cleveland, the verdict came after city police officer Daniel Piper fatally shot murder suspect Innes Lee Jr., and an unidentified, undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent shot 20-year-old Trayvon Johnson outside his home in the city's Hough neighborhood. The three others are due to face trial later this year on aiding-and-abetting charges. But Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill threw out that count in October, citing the word "others" - plural - in that phrase.

He will be sentenced in eight weeks.

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