Published: Wed, April 21, 2021
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Twitter celebrates Derek Chauvin's conviction in the murder of George Floyd

Twitter celebrates Derek Chauvin's conviction in the murder of George Floyd

The United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday (April 21, 2021) expressed that the "verdict is a step forward" after a jury found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd.

He was convicted of three counts, including second-degree murder.

Jones praised Darnella Frazier, who was only 17 when she filmed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck, sparking protests around the country. He said the verdict is "at least some validation for those who have been fighting for justice for this horrifying, heartbreaking and unacceptable act of violence at the hands of a police officer". "In the days and weeks ahead, please listen and treat each other with compassion and respect as we work through this together".

But he says the trial underlines how much work remains to be done to combat systemic racism. "At a minimum, she should apologize", said Josh McLaurin, a Democratic member of the Georgia state legislature, on Twitter.

Payne said that, prior to the Chauvin verdict, he increased staffing and plans to keep extra officers available "for a while" as a precaution. Tuesday's verdict in Minneapolis brought calls for greater police accountability for official misconduct.

Although he says more needs to be done, it gives him hope that Floyd was not simply another Black man killed by police. He was following Minneapolis police department policies.

In a trial that opened on March 29, the defence argued that Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would have under those circumstances, and sought to raise doubts about the cause of Floyd's death. "I was not at all comfortable that the verdict would come out as a verdict of justice despite the fact that all the evidence was there", he said, noting that this was borne out of a lack of confidence that America would have delivered justice for Floyd, a black man. "That determination can be made after we see system change in each police department throughout the nation", said VanMichael Moore, a second-year law student at CU Boulder.

"If we have to convince people why Black folks have the right to live, I'm not interested in that conversation anymore".

The Congressional Black Caucus, gathered to watch the verdicts handed down, then came to the cameras, with Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, telling reporters that while the group "certainly" agrees with the guilty verdicts, this is "just a first step".

In Washington, the National Guard said some 250 troops were being deployed "to support local law enforcement" in response to potential demonstrations. "I don't think the conviction is going to change anything".

"You can believe your eyes", Schleicher said.

"She said the verdict should also send a message to law enforcement that, "[Chauvin's] not a good cop, and it's good to get rid of him, it's good to hold him accountable".

Floyd's story is just one of many that continue to happen daily, Kenion said. "It was unanimity! I think we all suspect what the verdict is going to be, we don't know, but we suspect what it's going to be because either it's an easy decision that Chauvin is not guilty or an easy decision that Chauvin is guilty, right?"

"We have become very used to walking past people who don't have enough to eat on the street, and we don't ask about how they got there".

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