A Minneapolis jury found ex police officer, Derek Chauvin, guilty as he was convicted on Tuesday in all counts of the death of George Floyd, who the world watched die under the knee of Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
The murder of George Floyd sparked international and domestic protests, as another death at the hands of police was enough for the world to take notice, proclaiming, “Enough is enough,” and “I can’t breath.”
Within a day of deliberation, the jury found Chauvin guilty of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. According to news reports, Chauvin showed little reaction once the verdict was announced, but cheers could be heard from the crowd of protestors gathered outside of the courthouse. Judge Peter Cahill stated that sentencing is projected to be announced within the next eight weeks.
The jury was made up of six White people, four Black people, and two multicultural people. The three other officers involved with Chauvin have been charged with aiding and abetting, and are expected to be tried jointly in August. With the outcome of this trial, their chances of getting off may be slim to none.
Activists and policy makers have warned the public that while we should be celebrating, the work is not done, and that we must work on eradicating systemic racism in this country regarding policing and criminal justice.
George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, stated that people from all over the world reached out to him and said they would not breathe again until he saw justice. “Today,” said Philonise, “we are all able to breathe again.”
President Biden and Vice President Harris called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. President Biden went on to say, “Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least now there’s some justice.”