Business leaders weigh in as jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty

Ruben Hill
April 21, 2021

"We know that there are still the mothers, the families, the children who are shedding tears today, because the verdict will not bring back their family".

Philonise Floyd, another of Floyd's siblings, pledged to continue fighting against racial injustice. "I'm just very proud of where I live right now". "I'm fighting for everybody around this world".

In Chile, tweeted journalist Patricio López, "George Floyd would be a Mapuche", referring to an Indigenous group that has been subject to discrimination and police violence. "We have gone through so many trials and tribulations in this city and they continue to overlook what we say". He was convicted of three counts, including second-degree murder.

Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said the verdict was a "good example of a system working the way that we hope it would".

At a news conference just minutes before the verdict was read, Mayor Ted Wheeler asked businesses to prepare by securing trash bins and making other preparations. "This has to end". "The truth of the matter is that this reinforces a commitment that we can have confidence that the justice system is becoming more just". "That's social transformation that says no one is beneath the law and no one is above it", he said.

Chauvin's bail was immediately revoked.

The prosecution partially relied on jurors believing the video of Floyd being kneeled on by Chauvin shows that the former officer killed Floyd. "Let us all rejoice for this moment, but know that we still have work to do".

"Justice for Black America is justice for all of America", the Floyd family's attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement. Beyond that, the president said, the entire country must confront hatred to "change hearts and minds as well as laws and policies". The president told the family that "nothing is going to make it all better, but at least there is some justice". "We recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done and we are committed to being a part of that progress". But it doesn't change the fact that George Floyd should still be alive today.

At least one viral social media post claimed that Chauvin - a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) who was sacked after a video of his fatal encounter with Floyd went viral - was likely to spend "the rest of his life in prison". Ten months after protesters set up camp in the park to protest Floyd's death, this gathering featured no protest signs, chants or demonstrations, only a quiet sense of expectation as word came that the jury had come to a decision.

Much of the foreign press kept tabs on developments in the case and, in some instances, dispatched journalists to Minneapolis for Chauvin's trial.

The 40-member task force was announced in July, following weeks of protests regarding police treatment of members of Black communities in Tampa.

Many saw the trial as a litmus test for how honest Americans are about racial justice and consequential police reform after Floyd's death set off global protests.

The WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves posted matching statements Tuesday evening.

"We've seen in times past whether it be Rodney King ... we see information presented to the jury and somehow we thought it was a slam dunk and it never materialized", Johnson said.

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