The scene quickly turned festive with cars honking, demonstrators blocking traffic, grilling food, and chanting "George Floyd" and "All three counts". "It feels great to be recognized as a human being". "Systemic racism is a stain on the nation's soul". We will update this with more posts as they come.
Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man's neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.
For third-degree murder, the maximum sentence is 25 years. Three other former officers, charged with aiding and abetting Mr. Chauvin, will face trial in August. It wasn't certain that he would be prosecuted, tried, or convicted.
"I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict". Mr. Ellison assembled a formidable team of former prosecutors that included a former USA acting solicitor general in the Obama administration. "Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but due to their work". "While this verdict brings rare accountability for police, achieving this outcome for George Floyd is only one step in addressing police abuse of power, disparate treatment, and excessive force against Black and Brown communities". Witnesses to the incident pleaded with the police to stop let go of Mr. Floyd. You can also watch live for free in the video provided above right now.
Surveillance cameras, recordings from officers' body cameras and bystander phones captured hours of evidentiary footage. The anguished cries of Mr. Floyd were heard in the courtroom over and over. Mr. Biden said he had spoken with the family of Mr. Floyd again - he had spoken with them on Monday.
Guilty verdicts could mark a turning point in the fight for racial equality, she said.
Wright's killing triggered several nights of protests in Minneapolis, and ahead of a verdict in Chauvin's case National Guard troops were deployed in the Minnesota city where shop windows have been boarded up as a precaution, as well as in the capital, Washington. Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson argued that Chauvin did what any reasonable police officer would have done after finding himself in a "dynamic" and "fluid" situation involving a large man struggling with three officers.
"I think everybody in the country is anxiously awaiting that decision, and we are, too", Baker said before the verdict. "It's hard to make that argument viscerally", said Jack Rice, a criminal defense attorney in St. Paul and former prosecutor who has followed the trial closely. The jury ruled that he was guilty of those charges in court.
Sentencing will be in eight weeks, the judge said.
On trial wasn't just Mr. Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the department before he was sacked last year.
The charges were brought against the ex-police officer after Mr Floyd died during an arrest outside Cup Foods store on May 25 past year.
Perhaps most challenging for the jury was parsing all the complex and technical scientific evidence and weighing contradicting testimony from pathologists and other medical experts who took the stand.
"Justice comes to those who deserve it", Rodriguez said.