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.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 20, 2021
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.
Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd.
Floyd’s death stirred worldwide protests against racism after video showed Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck.https://t.co/GQ1mrcMFHZ
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2021
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.