Twitter celebrates Derek Chauvin's conviction in the murder of George Floyd

Cornelia Mascio
Апреля 21, 2021

The three-week trial of 45-year-old Derek Chauvin ended swiftly with barely more than a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read - guilty, guilty and guilty - and he was handcuffed and taken away to prison.

The case sparked a nationwide reckoning on racism and policing in the U.S. Chants of "George Floyd" and "All three counts" broke out.

"I didn't know exactly what was going to happen", Asante said.

"All we want is for the police to obey the law", Jones said.

"Justice was served today, but it can not be a one-time thing", she said. Still, it can not take away the pain.

"A measure of justice is not the same as equal justice. My grandparents didn't get that chance", said Layton. "We still must reform the system".

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the outcome "a step in the right direction for justice".

But Tuesday's celebrations were tempered with the heavy knowledge that Chauvin's conviction was just a first step on the long road to address racial injustices by police.

Tears streamed down his face as he likened Mr Floyd to the 1955 MS lynching victim Emmett Till, except that this time there were cameras around to show the world what happened.

Across the nation, officials had been concerned about the possibility of violence.

Those riots led the city to enact curfews downtown and along West 25th Street, enforced by the Ohio National Guard.

"These tragedies - and now the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial regarding the killing of George Floyd - leave many of us continuing to look for both immediate and long-term solutions".

In its closing arguments, the government showed video of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. No criminal charges were brought in her son's death; his last words were "I can't breathe", which became a rallying cry among activists.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher praised the verdict but said more must be done. A defense lawyer said, "All of the evidence shows that Mr. Chauvin thought he was following his training..."

He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a vehicle and put him on the ground instead. "He was trained this way".

Family members and attorneys repeatedly thanked the advocates who have been demanding change in Minneapolis and other cities across the world, and applauded Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office prosecuted the case against Chauvin.

"What a huge sigh of relief", said Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of King Boston, the foundation established to build a monument honoring Martin Luther King Boston.

"The Black Lives Matter movement in the USA responded yesterday to the Chauvin verdict saying: ".We hope this guilty verdict begins to show that white supremacy will not win.

The Albuquerque Police Department is in the midst of a yearslong reform process after a federal investigation found that officers had a pattern and practice of using excessive force.

Hai Do wrote this report for VOA Learning English.

"We need to continue to stay vigilant with this movement, especially for cases that need to be reopened cases, the majority of 99% of the cases around the country, families are suffering, families are traumatized from hearing about police violence", added Tzun.

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