Chauvin found guilty of George Floyd murder


Former US police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing George Floyd. A jury found Chauvin guilty on all 3 charges – 2 counts of murder and 1 count of manslaughter. The verdict came just 1 day after closing arguments were made in the televised 3-week trial. In 8 weeks, the 45 year old faces sentencing and could be sent to prison for decades. 
On May 25, 2020, Chauvin pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes. The African-American man lost consciousness and died in police custody. The incident triggered worldwide protests against police brutality and racism. 
George Floyd’s family and people across the United States hailed the guilty verdict. George Floyd’s brother in a statement said, “Today, we are able to breathe again. I feel relieved today that I finally have the opportunity to hopefully get some sleep. A lot of days I prayed and I hoped, and I was speaking everything into existence. I said I have faith that he will be convicted.” 
Outside the courthouse, a tense wait for the ruling turned into a celebration. George Floyd’s supporters waited for this day sincerely. They were saying that they were finally able to breathe now. The US president had called Floyd;s family to offer his support and sympathy. 
“It was a murder in the full light of the day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism. The systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul, the knee on the neck of justice for black Americans, profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion, the black and brown Americans experience every single day. No one should be above the law. And today’s verdict sends that message but it is not enough. We can’t stop here” said the US president. 


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