Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of George Floyd. A 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all three charges against him – second-and third-degree murder and manslaughter. Meanwhile, Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence, and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

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What you need to know:
Firstly, A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges in the murder of George Floyd.
Secondly, President Biden called the verdict a “giant step forward” in combating systemic racism in the US.
Thirdly, Jurors were sequestered on Monday following closing arguments by both legal teams – Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

Floyd, 46, died May 25 after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market. Floyd had high blood pressure, an enlarged heart, and narrowed arteries, and fentanyl and methamphetamine were found in his system.

Biden addressed the nation after telephoning Floyd’s family following the verdict, telling them, “We’re all so relieved.” He added later that he sought to comfort Floyd’s young daughter Gianna, telling her, “Daddy did change the world.”

The verdict — and the aftermath — will be a continuing test for Biden. He has pledged to help combat racism in policing, helping African Americans who supported him in large numbers in last year’s election in the wake of protests that swept the nation after Floyd’s death and restarted a national conversation about race.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that “it’s not enough.”

Biden spoke from the White House hours after the verdict alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair saying the country’s work is far from finished with the verdict.


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