Following a high-profile trial in the US and around the world, a jury has convicted former US police officer Derek Chauvin on all three charges for the controversial death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year – including killing a black man. IS – triggered a global wave of anti-racism.
Soon after the verdict was delivered in Minneapolis, US President Joe Biden called it a “huge step” in the fight against systemic racism, and said Floyd’s murder was “a murder in the full light of day, and killed the blind.” ” For the whole world to see (racism), “he said” there is a stain on the soul of our country “.
Vice President Kamala Harris said, “Today, we breathe a sigh of relief. Nevertheless, it cannot relieve pain. The measure of justice is not the same as equal justice. This decision brings us one step closer. And, the fact that we still have work to do. “
On May 25, 2020, Floyd’s death below Chowin’s knee outside a Minneapolis grocery store caused nationwide protests and outrage that turned violent in the early days, which were deployed to various parts of the US.
The unrest – which erupted under the anti-racist slogan “Black Lives Matter”, quickly spread beyond the edges of the US, and a statue of a slave-trader was toppled in Bristol, UK; Targeted a 150-year-old statue of King Leopold II in Brussels, Belgium for brutality in the Congo; And demonstrations against the subjugation of their indigenous people began in Australia.
A wave of anti-racist demonstrations also touched India. Mahatma Gandhi’s statue was vandalized by protesters outside the Indian embassy in Washington, DC, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to bring it up in a phone call with then US President Donald Trump.
In Minneapolis, a 12-man jury of six whites and six people of color convicted Chavin of non-intentional second-degree murder, a prison sentence of up to 40 years; Third-degree murder, which is a murder caused by an unintentional dangerous act, a prison sentence of up to 25 years; And secondary murder, which is negligent in causing an undue risk.
According to legal experts, Chauvin is likely to be sentenced to two months in a long prison term.
The former police officer looked on with a frown, with the lower half of his face covered by a mask, as Judge Peter Cahill ruled in a Minneapolis court room. After that, Chauvin was taken in handcuffs in a rare case of a US police officer convicted for a murder.
Since 2005 there have been only seven cases in which police officers were convicted of murder for on-duty shooting.
According to a widely cited study by Bowling Green State University, approximately 1,000 fatal shootings are reported by the police each year.
Floyd’s family was relieved in the verdict. “They are all saying the same thing: ‘We will not be able to breathe until you can breathe.’ Today, we are able to breathe again, “Filonis Floyd, one of his brothers, said in Minneapolis after the verdict.” Justice for George means freedom for all. ”
Terence Floyd, another brother, said, “I’m going to miss her, but now I know she’s in history. What a day to be Floyd, man.”
The lawsuit came three weeks after it was broadcast live in American homes. The prosecution produced its case by a video – a 17-year-old Darnella Frazier – which showed Chauvin holding her knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. “Use your common sense. Trust your eyes. You saw what you saw, ”prosecutor Steve Schleicher said in his closing arguments.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson tried to divert the jury’s attention from the video about Floyd’s underlying health conditions and drug use. “The state has really focused on 9 minutes and 29 seconds, 9 minutes and 29 seconds, 9 minutes and 29 seconds. This is not a proper analysis because 9 minutes and 29 seconds ignores the previous 15 minutes and 59 seconds, completely disregarding them, ”he said in his conclusion arguments.