Tri-State leaders call for peaceful response to Chauvin verdict
Apr 21 2021
The jury, made up of six white people and six Black or multiracial people, deliberated for roughly 10 hours over two days and weighed charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
"America has a long history of systemic racism", she said, adding that Black people - Black men in particular - have been treated as "less than human" throughout the course of history. "This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement", Crump tweeted. "Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but due to their work". The defense said Chauvin acted reasonably, attributing Floyd's death to illegal drugs and a heart condition. The intersection of race and law enforcement has always been contentious in the United States, underscored by a series of deadly incidents involving white police officers and Black people in a number of American cities in recent years.
Floyd died last Memorial Day after Chauvin, then an officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, knelt on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds as Floyd lay facedown, crying for help with his hands cuffed behind his back.
He says in a statement that true justice requires Americans to understand that "Black Americans are being treated differently every day" and that millions live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. "I think those 12 [jurors] in that regard speak for where we are in this country", she said. The anguished cries of Mr. Floyd were heard in the courtroom over and over. "We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well".
"The cumulative effect of having so many camera angles is the jury and the world watched George Floyd die over and over and over again throughout this trial", said Brockton Hunter, a Minneapolis defense attorney who closely followed the proceedings. Judge Cahill denied the motion but said Mr. Nelson might have grounds for an appeal based on Ms. Waters's comments.
The trial was televised and Mr. Chauvin, 45, dressed in a grey suit and wearing a surgical mask, appeared to listen intently, eyes darting from side to side, as the judge read out the verdict for each of three charges brought against him by the State of Minnesota.
The site is located outside of Cup Foods, the convenience store linked to Floyd's fatal interaction with Chauvin last May.
"Justice comes to those who deserve it", Rodriguez said. Many of those bystanders were pleading for Chauvin to stop, and Floyd himself could be heard calling for his mother in his final minutes.
At the Minneapolis intersection that has been dubbed George Floyd Square, about 100 people have gathered around a large painting of Floyd in anticipation of the verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin.
Darnella Frazier, a teenager who told the jury she was walking with her 9-year-old cousin on the evening of Floyd's death, was also among the prosecution witnesses.