Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd

Demonstrators gather outside Cup Foods to celebrate the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd

Lawmakers react to Chauvin verdict with relief, calls for policing reform

A jury of five men and seven women found a former Minneapolis officer guilty of murder and manslaughter Tuesday in the death of George Floyd.

Leaders across San Diego praised Tuesday afternoon's jury verdicts in Minnesota declaring ex-police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd past year.

Here are a few pictures which capture the mood of America as it continues to celebrate the verdict.

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

The 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force, was seen on video kneeling on the neck of Floyd for more than nine minutes as he lay facedown and handcuffed on the ground saying repeatedly "I can't breathe".

By the announcement of the third count, B.J. Wilder, 39, had dropped to his knees, tears flowing down his face.

And throughout the city, residents who had watched the trial on their own, in hopes for justice, expressed similar elation. "Finally, some little piece of justice".

People react after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday with thousands taking to the streets in celebration.

People gather inside a convenience store in the Houston neighborhood where George Floyd grew up, to listen to the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.

Mayor Tim Keller said Floyd's murder has weighed heavily on his mind since last May.

"It's a blessing", he told Houston Public Media. "We've been screwed over, we've been mistreated, I mean, they just been getting away with crime".

Growing up, 46-year-old Kim Hewitt said she knew Floyd. The verdict alone wasn't enough to make her rest easy - she wants the criminal justice system to treat Chauvin the same way she feels that it has treated the Black community. "Justice is served. We can't get the man's life back, but justice is served".

"I've said from the beginning and nearly a year ago when this occurred, every law enforcement department has to look in the mirror and see if we're doing things correctly", he said. Moments after that, a Capitol Police spokesperson told CNN that the department had no plans to put up fencing.

"There are still police officers who have not been found guilty", he said.

The verdict should serve as a message to police, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), he said. I ask for peace.

'A good for it to be 420 and smoking that Darek chauvin pack #ripbozo, ' shared one user. "I hope it is some vindication of and relief to the communities and people who have been the victims of systemically racist policing practices for generations".

But, Crump noted, the president said they have to build on this moment.

"This is a start to show police officers that you can be now convicted for any hate crime, any type of racial profiling, or police brutality. You are going to pay for it", he said.

Commenting on MSNBC, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said he fist-pumped when he heard the verdict. The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department announced April 15 plans to prepare for potential unrest related to the verdict that was expected to come this week. Police have to police themselves, he said. "Being any other race, you're not going to know what it's like to be a Black person in America and believe us. Until everybody, everybody, learns to love each other".

But he says the trial underlines how much work remains to be done to combat systemic racism.

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