Cop Found Guilty For George Floyd Murder

Former cop, Derek Chauvin, has been found guilty for the murder of George Floyd.

George Floyd's death was the spark to people all across the world screaming 'Black Lives Matter!' as a video of Floyd being killed from Chauvin putting his knee on his neck went viral.

Chauvin was found guilty on three charges following a unanimous vote from the jury.

Judge Peter Cahill gave the following judgement:

We, the jury and the above entitled matter has to count one, unintentional murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty ... third degree murder perpetrating an eminently dangerous act find the defendant guilty ... second degree manslaughter, culpable negligence creating an unreasonable risk, find the defendant guilty.

Floyd's brother said, "This is monumental. This is historic. This is a pivotal moment in history and all I can think about is Emmett Till, I think about Sandra Bland, I think about Eric Garner. There's so many people, we have new people being killed." 

Those outside of court were riddled with anxiety before the judgement came but were then showered with relief. 

It's commonly seen in America that when police officers kill Black civilians, they often don't have to suffer much consequence which then had many thinking the same would happen with George Floyd's case.

One individual outside court said, "I'm overjoyed. I'm very happy because this morning I didn't have hope that this man was even going to go to jail".

Many now hope that because justice was served for George Floyd, justice will then be served for many others who died at the hands of a police officer, unjustly.

Keith Allison, Minnesota Attorney General, said:

I would not call today's verdict, justice, however, because justice implies true restoration but it is accountability which is the first step towards justice.

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, echoed this and said, "Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more".

Chauvin's sentencing is expected in eight weeks.

 

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