The former Minneapolis white Police officer who knelt on BLACK man George Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes in the year 2020 was found guilty Tuesday of all three charges against him in one of the most consequential trials of the Black Lives Matter era.
Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, 11 months after bystander video showed him kneeling on the neck and back of Floyd who gasped for air and cried repeatedly “I can’t breathe” and ultimately went silent.
In the streets of Minneapolis, the verdicts led to cries of joy and sighs of relief among those nervously watching the trial which was broadcast live, including many people outside the Cup Foods store where Floyd took his final breaths.
Meanwhile, After the verdict, President Joe Biden spoke with the Floyd family and later addressed the nation, I quote, “Nothing can ever bring their brother or their father back. But this can be a giant step forward in the march towards justice in America.