A racially diverse jury of seven women and five men in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis reached a verdict at the end of a three-week trial. Chauvin, wearing a gray suit with a blue tie and white shirt as well as a light-blue pandemic-related face mask, nodded and stood quickly when the judge ruled that his bail was revoked. The third-degree murder charge had initially been dismissed, but it was reinstated after an appeals court ruling in an unrelated case established new grounds for it days before jury selection started.
Outside the courthouse in Minneapolis, cheers rose up from gathered crowds after Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill read out the verdicts.
Chauvin had initially agreed to plead guilty to third-degree murder, though it was quashed by then-US attorney general William Barr who believed the plea would be seen as too lenient.
Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin, a white 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, kneeled on his neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.
President Biden said the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin "can be a moment of significant change" for the United States as it grapples with systemic racism. Silencing the outcries for justice when an officer goes rogue serves no one, and heightens the distrust between those in blue and those they have pledged to serve and protect.
He added, "We're all so relieved".
Under the law, police have certain leeway to use force and are judged according to whether their actions were "reasonable" under the circumstances.
"This is a day of justice", Harris told the family after joining Biden to watch the verdict in the private dining room off the Oval Office.
"Today's conviction of Derek Chauvin sends the message that police violence against people of color must end, said Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of MA, in a statement released following the verdict".
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Harris, in her remarks following the guilty verdict, boosted the legislation as part of Floyd's legacy.
At one point, Lane asked, "Should we roll him on his side?" "Our heart is with George Floyd's family who has endured the devastation of his death". Justice for Black America is justice for all of America.
The jury reached a verdict in Derek Chauvin's murder trial on Tuesday, one day after closing arguments.
"I'm praying that the verdict is the right verdict", Mr. Biden had said earlier.
The racially diverse group is being sequestered during deliberations and their identities will not be known until after the trial.
An ecstatic Whitney Lewis leaned out a vehicle window waving a "Black Lives Matter" flag in a growing traffic jam of revelers. He also said there is still a lot of work to do. But George Floyd's young daughter is still without her father.
"They can be held accountable and we live in a society that's ready to see people like George Floyd who are subject to abuse but might not be their flawless image like of a ideal victim".
"This wasn't policing, this was murder", he said.
Law enforcement agencies across the Southland have been on heightened alert this week in anticipation of possible protests or rallies following the verdict in Chauvin's trial.