Joy, tears, calls for change after Floyd verdict

Marco Green
April 21, 2021

The jury delivered its verdict on Tuesday, less than a year after Chauvin, who is white, pinned the 46-year-old Black man down with a knee to his neck last May.

James Allen, 68, another Black activist and president of Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference, said he had no doubt that Chauvin would be found guilty.

People react following the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., April 20, 2021.

One person said that Chauvin was now on the Governor's Naughty List after already being on Santa's Naughty List. Today, they got that accountability.

Jones praised Darnella Frazier, who was only 17 when she filmed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck, sparking protests around the country. The three-week-long trial had received widespread coverage across broadcast and cable news networks since it began on March 30, with reporters and analysts on the ground in downtown Minneapolis.

The unanimous verdict came after a racially charged three week trial that was seen as a pivotal test of police accountability in the United States.

"There's a lot to say, but I would say that hopefully, Americans can start to see this trend of holding law enforcement accountable", he said.

"It's like an asterisk on the success", he said.

Torrez said he hopes the case further encourages police departments to review their use-of-force policies and update their training to those joining law enforcement. But, she added, the struggle for justice continues, and Chauvin must also face a severe sentence that matches the severity of the crime.

"I think our justice system is getting more just, I'm thankful for the verdict and certainly thought it was murder and so that last, my first thought or shortly thereafter and believe that this reinforces the fact that while we all may need to grow our confidence in parts of the system", Scott said.

Kevin Maxson, who was at work at the time of the verdict's reading, said he watched it on livestream.

Within hours of the verdict, the political establishment in MA reacted with wide praise, calling it an important step toward reform.

Atkins said the Floyd case must lead to police reform.

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins called the verdict "a victory".

In the wake of a series of recent police-involved shootings and other violent episodes that have taken place over the course of the trial, he has repeatedly called for Congress to pass an ambitious bill on policing reform, named for Floyd and co-authored by Vice President Kamala Harris.

"Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied", Obama said.

They said they were "hopeful that today's decision will serve as a step forward, but it does not ease the physical and emotional pain that continues in an environment where systemic racism exists".

"I was really anxious, I was anxious about my city".

On Newbury Street, where a few businesses boarded up their storefronts, Jasmina Outar was both shocked and relieved when she heard the guilty verdict.

"I'm not just fighting for George anymore; I'm fighting for everyone around this world", Philonise said.

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