Will Ex-Minneapolis Cop Derek Chauvin Spend Life In Prison?


WASHINGTON (AP) - Before Tuesday's guilty verdicts were read out, President Joe Biden said he was praying for "the right verdict" in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

Floyd's death sparked protests around the globe, including in Canada, where the treatment of racialized Canadians was brought into sharp focus. A Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges he faced: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

He will remain in custody until he is sentenced and could spend decades in jail. [Chauvin] was charged on all three counts. To reach that verdict, the jurors - six white and six of multiracial backgrounds - found that Chauvin caused Floyd's death, and that his actions were intentional, even while he should have known his use of force was unreasonable.

Here's a glimpse at how people nationwide are processing Tuesday's verdict.

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said that it is crucial that Congress pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, saying that since his death, many other Americans have died at the hands of law enforcement.

"This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement", Crump tweeted.

Although the case is a thousand miles away, George Floyd's murder hit close to home for families like the Flugences across the country. Floyd can be heard on the video crying out for his mother and telling officers he could not breathe. "You have a system that preys on marginalized communities and African Americans and the only reason that he was convicted [is] that it was live and people saw it all over the world".

The Lynx and Wolves issued a statement that read, in part, "We are hopeful that today's decision will serve as a step forward, but it does not ease the physical and emotional pain that continues in an environment where systemic racism exists".

The prosecution partially relied on jurors believing the video of Floyd being kneeled on by Chauvin shows that the former officer killed Floyd.

He said that could be Floyd's "lasting legacy". "This work is long overdue", she said.

U.S. city on edge as jury deliberates Chauvin verdict — George Floyd
An unidentified woman occupied the single seat set aside in the pandemic-spaced courtroom for a Chauvin supporter. And none was shown on that day. "All that was required was a little compassion and none was shown on that day".

After Floyd's death, her department adopted a number of measures to improve police accountability and to prevent potential instances of excessive use of force.

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"In this case, at least, we have our answer".

The House speaker's comments drew swift criticism, particularly on social media. "We were happy about the verdict".

On Monday, Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the trial, admonished public officials about speaking out while the trial was ongoing.

And in Portland, Oregon, which has seen repeated protests and vandalism since Floyd's death, the mayor declared a state of emergency and put state police and the National Guard on standby.

On hearing the verdict, people were screaming and cheering, and a little girl in a pink coat held up a tiny fist, in jubilation. He says he's somewhat relieved by Tuesday's verdict, but it doesn't mean that there isn't still work that needs to be done.

Lisbon was one of 19 people arrested by police last September during a Black Lives Matter march. "How these policing systems have allowed racism to run rampant within them; how we've come to such a place of power within the society".

"Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice", Pelosi said Tuesday at a press conference on Capitol Hill with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.