Tucson activist says George Floyd trial verdict "is a win for justice"

The number of Chauvin's attorney is written on his hand

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 risky to others", and second-degree manslaughter involving a death caused by "culpable negligence".

Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes after he was stopped for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill. "Nothing is gained by violence, and so much is lost", the Pope said amid widespread protests and riots in the United States.

Many downtown businesses had boarded up their windows for fear of a repeat of the violent street clashes that unfolded past year between police in riot gear and protesters, some of whom set fire to a police precinct house and damaged nearby property.

That's because another fired Minneapolis officer found guilty of third-degree murder has a pending appeal before the state Supreme Court - and if his conviction is overturned, it could mean a Chauvin conviction would fall, too. "This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state". "I was not at all comfortable that the verdict would come out as a verdict of justice despite the fact that all the evidence was there", he said, noting that this was borne out of a lack of confidence that America would have delivered justice for Floyd, a black man. "But for a bystander's iPhone camera, Chauvin wd've gotten away with murder!"

"A measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice", she said.

Johnson added that while the verdict is a reason to celebrate, there's still work to do. Why should we not feel tired when we hear White imaginations self-soothing with the thought that a few firings and convictions can fix this historically unjust system?

President Biden called the verdict "a giant step forward in the march towards justice in America".

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Those riots led the city to enact curfews downtown and along West 25th Street, enforced by the Ohio National Guard.

Derek Chauvin is a convicted murderer after a jury found him guilty on all counts of the death of black man George Floyd.

"The Black Lives Matter movement in the USA responded yesterday to the Chauvin verdict saying: ".We hope this guilty verdict begins to show that white supremacy will not win. No criminal charges were brought in her son's death; his last words were "I can't breathe", which became a rallying cry among activists. The jury did not ask any questions of the judge during their deliberations.

Vice President Kamala Harris said Tuesday that the case shows the "the system" needs to be reformed.

The Minneapolis police federation, a not-for-profit organisation representing police - thanked the jury for their "dedicated work" shouldering "an enormous burden". "He was trained this way". He said they "raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong", and then "told the whole world" what they saw.

The Patriots issued a statement in response to the Derek Chauvin verdict on Tuesday evening.

The charges were brought against the ex-police officer after Mr Floyd died during an arrest outside Cup Foods store on May 25 a year ago.

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