Joy, tears, calls for change after Floyd verdict

Joy, tears, calls for change after Floyd verdict

"... With the consistency of what normally happens, we were ready for disappointment".

Chauvin and the other three former officers - Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane - were fired the day after Floyd's death on May 25, 2020. He has been outspoken about Floyd's death, calling it a "wake up call" for the nation.

This file handout photo released by the Hennepin County Jail shows booking photos of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Crowds erupted into cheers and applause outside the court building in Minneapolis following the conviction. "And while nothing can ever bring George Floyd back, this can be a giant step forward on the march towards justice in America", the US President said on Twitter.

Mayor Tim Keller said Floyd's murder has weighed heavily on his mind since last May. "This is a day of justice", Harris told the family after joining Biden to watch the verdict in the private dining room off the Oval Office. It will not take away the pain felt by the Floyd family.

"We need each and every officer to be held accountable and until then it's still scary to be a black man and woman in America".

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. "That's why we must recommit to fight for equal justice". Fortunately, the verdict came swiftly and vindicated Biden's assessment of the trial.

"We got a chance to go to trial and we took it all the way. We have to be open-minded and willing to have uncomfortable conversations".

The agreement was reached while jury selection in the criminal case was under way and Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson said the settlement had an "incredible propensity to taint a jury pool". It is a problem for every American.

"We can't stop here", Mr Biden declared.

"I think that this is an opportunity to begin to restore some faith or hope that the system can change, in some way". "I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict". "I can't grip it, but because of you, and because of thousands, millions of people around the world. It requires us to recognise that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last", the former U.S. president wrote in a statement. Will the verdict stand up through all the appeals that are sure to come?

"I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result on this whole trial being overturned", Cahill said.

In the moments prior to a verdict delivery inside a Minneapolis courtroom, almost a thousand miles away, Clement Asante, a University of Colorado Boulder (CU) law student, said he felt his body shake with nerves. "The fact that there were a lot of people who thought it could go either way tells you everything you need to know". "The training is extremely short and inadequate", said Javon Quarles, who will be graduating from law school this year.

"It's tempting to do that ..."

Gathered with dozens of others at Public Square in downtown Cleveland on Tuesday evening, she identified herself as the godmother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old shot and killed by police outside Cudell Recreation Center in 2014.

"We have become very used to walking past people who don't have enough to eat on the street, and we don't ask about how they got there".

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