Colorado communities of color react to Derek Chauvin verdict

US President Joe Biden calls systemic racism

"It was unanimity! I think we all suspect what the verdict is going to be, we don't know, but we suspect what it's going to be because either it's an easy decision that Chauvin is not guilty or an easy decision that Chauvin is guilty, right?" "I'm fighting for everybody around this world".

The president called for "confronting head on systemic racism and the racial disparities that exist in policing and our criminal justice system" - but pleaded for protesters to steer clear of violence.

"There is no question we would have had an extremely adverse reaction and a lot of people would have paid a price", he said.

When the guilty verdicts on three counts - second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter- were announced, there was a sense of relief that justice had been served amid a mood of quiet surprise. 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. "This has to end".

"We've just become so accustomed to not receiving justice". That's not one case. They also shared a video of their phone call with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris after the verdict.

Judge Peter Cahill also ruled that Chauvin's bail was revoked, and he was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs and placed in the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff.

A small group of faith leaders on Tuesday (April 20) gathered at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles to await the verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial in the murder of George Floyd. "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".

Some users reacted to how the disgraced former police officer reacted to the verdict being read, noting he appeared to be in disbelief. 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.

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"Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least now there is some justice", Biden could be heard saying in the video. "... I am fully committed to ensuring that we build the proper culture that respects diversity and the equal treatment of all residents".

But one by one, Floyd's brothers, nephew, aunt and others also told a throng of reporters that the push for police reform that Floyd's death sparked can not end with the jury decision.

Summing up the sentiment of those he interviewed, CNN correspondent Miguel Marquez said, "This may not be the biggest step forward, but it is certainly a step forward for people here in Minneapolis". "I believed my eyes then, so I believed my eyes this time with George Floyd".

At George Floyd square in Minneapolis, Minn., the intersection where Floyd was killed and which is now named after him, people screamed, applauded and wept.

Many saw the trial as a litmus test for how honest Americans are about racial justice and consequential police reform after Floyd's death set off global protests.

Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, said "a jury did the right thing" but "true justice requires much more". "We'll keep working for meaningful change".

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

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