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In a giant step, American court deliver justice to ‘black’ Floyd

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In the George Floyd murder Case, the 12-person jury found the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of crime on Tuesday. US President Joe Biden welcomes the judgement and said that he hoped the decision would become a “moment of significant change”.

Biden has said that the conviction “”can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America”.

The 45-year-old Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 last year with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, was found guilty on all three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Sentencing is likely to happen in two months, and Chauvin could spend decades in jail. He is expected to appeal against the verdict.

Crowds gathered in Minneapolis cheered as the guilty verdict was read, shouting “Say his name! George Floyd!” and “Guilty on all three!”

Derek Chauvin in courtroom | AP|

“Justice for Black America is justice for all of America,” the Floyd family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump said in a statement, the Reuters news agency reported.

“This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state.”

“This feels different for our community, justice feels new and long overdue,” tweeted US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who represents a district that includes Minneapolis.

The Black Lives Matter movement tweeted that while it hopes the news helps Floyd’s family “rest a little easier,” it said, “This isn’t proof the system works. It’s proof of how broken it is. Because it took us this long, and this much attention.

“Until we have a world where our communities can thrive free from fear, there will be no justice.”

Biden and Harris watched the verdict with staff at the White House. Following the announcement, they spoke to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and, later, Floyd’s family.

“Today, we feel a sigh of relief, but it can not take away the pain,” Harris said during an address to the nation from the White House. “A measure of justice is not the same as equal justice.”

“America has a long history of systemic racism,” she continued. “Black Americans and Black men, in particular, had been treated throughout the course of our history as less than human.”

Vice-President Kamala Harris urged lawmakers to pass the George Floyd bill aimed at reforming policing in the US.

“This bill is part of George Floyd’s legacy. This work is long overdue,” she said.

Biden followed Harris and said, “It was a murder in full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to, the systemic racism that’s a stain on our nation’s soul. The knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans.”

“This can be a giant step forward on the march toward justice in America,” he added. “This can be a moment of significant change.”

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