Still work to be done after Derek Chauvin verdict: Vancouver academic
Apr 21 2021
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris walk to a lectern at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, April 20, 2020, to speak about the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis a year ago.
On Tuesday, Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter stemming from Floyd's death on May 25, 2020.
In Nubian Square, Will Rodriguez, 41, said he expected the jury to find Chauvin guilty on only one of the three charges.
At a news conference at City Hall, Acting Mayor Kim Janey commended the jurors and prosecutors in the case and said she was grateful for a guilty verdict, adding that work in American cities to advance racial justice continues.
Here's a glimpse at how people nationwide are processing Tuesday's verdict.
Floyd, a Black man, died last May after Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed a knee on his neck for about 9 minutes 29 seconds. "Everybody saw it. But still you're sitting, thinking back to the Rodney King days - everybody saw that too - those cops got off".
Some context: Cities across the country, including Washington, DC, have been preparing for potential unrest related to the Chauvin trial since at least last week. "Finally, some little piece of justice".
Loud cheering erupted from Floyd's family members watching in an adjacent courthouse room as the judge read the verdict to a city and nation on edge.
He said that "justice was served" in Chauvin's case.
"It's a blessing", he told Houston Public Media. "I'm exhausted of seeing a white male can go into a location with an AR rifle and shoot up and kill everybody and live to get arrested, but African Americans are fighting to just survive a traffic stop and be unarmed", Dr. Holt told KGUN9.
Growing up, 46-year-old Kim Hewitt said she knew Floyd. "I really believe that this is a movement that we've seen". She said the plan was to give people a chance "to collectively grieve and ... to celebrate this step towards victory". He was following Minneapolis police department policies. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that the committee would hold a hearing next month addressing police reform.
"Why should we be thankful when George Floyd doesn't have his life or his future?" the Ethical Society of Police said in a statement. "Although a verdict was reached today, I ask for calm. Let us use this time to reflect on our justice system, what reforms have taken place, and the work still left to do". No one is above the law.
"Chauvin was not one bad apple", he said. "You have a system that preys on marginalized communities and African Americans and the only reason that he was convicted [is] that it was live and people saw it all over the world". Police said they were blocking traffic on March 8. "There were other officers involved in this particular incident, and in that moment, they did not, it doesn't seem they held their fellow officers accountable", Lemon said.
"But if we're being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial. You are going to pay for it", he said.
LaTonya Goldsby, a leader of Black Lives Matter Cleveland and Tamir's cousin, said the group planned the event knowing it would happen on the day of the verdict, but not knowing when that would be.