George Floyd: Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of murder

Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder of George Floyd

George Floyd trial: Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder

That statement before the verdict and sentiments from sports figures around the state following the verdict, reflected the deeply personal nature of this trial for Minnesota athletes and franchises who have put forward a heightened effort toward social justice issues over the past year in the wake of Floyd's killing.

Philonise Floyd, another of Floyd's siblings, pledged to continue fighting against racial injustice.

"I'm not just fighting for George anymore", he said. "We have gone through so many trials and tribulations in this city and they continue to overlook what we say".

Then, the verdict came for former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin: guilty on all counts.

"We just got so used to not hearing good news, to not having the justice system on your side for so long", Lisbon said. "This has to end".

"True justice requires much more", Obama wrote. That's not one case. 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shirt as well as a light-blue pandemic-related face mask, nodded and stood quickly when the judge ruled that his bail was revoked.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 Black Lives Matter movement in the United States responded yesterday to the Chauvin verdict saying: ".We hope this guilty verdict begins to show that white supremacy will not win. "We can't let those words die with him".

US President Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris phone called the Floyd family after the verdict, sharing their relief that there had been "some justice".

General Motors CEO Mary Barra noted that the verdict delivered on Tuesday would not replace the loss of Floyd's life and the loss experienced by his family. The president told the family that "nothing is going to make it all better, but at least there is some justice".

"We're gonna get a lot more done".

A small group of people, including activist April Taylor, gathered in downtown Lexington amid the announcement of the verdict. "Obviously, it will not bring George Floyd back".

At least one viral social media post claimed that Chauvin - a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) who was sacked after a video of his fatal encounter with Floyd went viral - was likely to spend "the rest of his life in prison".

After Floyd's death, widespread protests, rallies and riots ensued throughout the country and the world, highlighting police brutality and racism.

Chauvin had pleaded not guilty to the charges of second-degree unintentional murder involving "intentional infliction of bodily harm", third-degree unintentional "depraved mind" murder involving an "act eminently unsafe to others", and second-degree manslaughter involving a death caused by "culpable negligence". In fact, during the trial, the New York Times reported, police across the nation killed more than three people a day - more than half of them Black or Latino.

"We can not rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system".

The WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves posted matching statements Tuesday evening.

"The reality is justice doesn't happen in the State of Nevada, so for Nevadans who are engaged in this topic it's really important for folks to understand what's happening locally", said Nissa Tzun, with the Forced Trajectory Project.

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