Floyd: UK Prime Minister Johnson applauds Chauvin’s conviction.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering Black man George Floyd on Tuesday, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
On Twitter, Johnson wrote, “I was appalled by George Floyd’s death and welcome this verdict.” “My prayers are with George Floyd’s family and friends tonight.”
After a racially charged trial that was seen as a pivotal test of police transparency in the United States, Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted Tuesday of murdering African-American George Floyd.
Chauvin, 45, was found guilty on all three charges against him — second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter — after a jury deliberated for less than 11 hours.
When the verdicts were revealed after a three-week trial that had the whole country on edge, a crowd assembled outside the tightly guarded downtown Minneapolis courthouse erupted in cheers.
After Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill read out the unanimous verdicts reached by the racially mixed seven-woman five-man jury, Chauvin was placed in handcuffs.
Chauvin was led out of the courtroom by a deputy while one of George Floyd’s brothers, Philonise Floyd, hugged prosecutors, wearing a facemask and showing no apparent emotion.
On the most serious charge, second-degree murder, Chauvin faces up to 40 years in jail. Sentences will be handed down at a later date.
On camera, Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police department, can be seen lying on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as he lied facedown and handcuffed on the ground, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe.”
Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, while being arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill triggered nationwide demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality.
Cities across the United States had been braced for possible protests ahead of the verdict, and National Guard troops had been stationed in Minneapolis.
Following the verdicts, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called members of the Floyd family.
“Nothing will make it better, but at the very least, God has brought some justice,” Biden said. “Not only the one verdict, but all three, guilty on all three counts,” says the group.
“Today is a day of justice in America,” said Harris, the first Black vice president of the United States. “This moment will be remembered by history.”
Biden is also expected to make formal remarks to the nation later Tuesday, according to the White House.
– ‘Justice’ – Ben Crump, a lawyer representing the Floyd family, praised the decision as a watershed moment for civil rights and a springboard for legislation reforming police interactions with minorities.
This decision marks a watershed moment in history and sends a strong message about the need for law enforcement accountability,” Crump wrote on Twitter. “Freedom for Black America is justice for the whole United States!”
“A jury did the right thing,” Barack Obama, America’s first Black president, said, but “real justice deserves much more.”
Three other ex cops who were involved in Floyd’s arrest will stand trial later this year.
Since Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot dead by a white policewoman in a suburb of Minneapolis on April 11, the city has been tense awaiting the verdict in the Chauvin trial, and the city has seen nightly demonstrations.
In response to possible protests, the National Guard said 250 troops will be mobilized “to assist local law enforcement” in Washington.
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