"I was not at all comfortable that the verdict would come out as a verdict of justice despite the fact that all the evidence was there", he said, noting that this was borne out of a lack of confidence that America would have delivered justice for Floyd, a black man. Must Black death be caught on camera, and the slaughter be so perfectly brutal, and the resulting protest be so overwhelming, to get an arrest, trial and conviction?
That statement before the verdict and sentiments from sports figures around the state following the verdict, reflected the deeply personal nature of this trial for Minnesota athletes and franchises who have put forward a heightened effort toward social justice issues over the past year in the wake of Floyd's killing. "Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!"
Mr Floyd's brother, Rodney Floyd, was emotional as he described crying tears of joy at the historic ruling. This right here is for everyone that's been in this situation.More news: Navalny to be transferred to hospital for convicts
"But today's verdict is a meaningful step towards establishing a justice system and a society that truly live up to our aspirations".
"Grateful for justice. My heart goes out to the Floyd family", said Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress. "Let us collectively confess the truth and recognize that we urgently need each other now to get out of these cycles of fear and violence", the bishops stated.
Many saw the trial as a litmus test for how honest Americans are about racial justice and consequential police reform after Floyd's death set off global protests.
Republican Senator Tim Scott of SC, who is Black, said, "The verdict just reinforces that our justice system continues to become more just".
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Chauvin wrote down Nelson's phone number because he knew that, if found guilty, he would likely have his bail revoked and be immediately taken into custody, Nelson told TMZ. Prosecutors fought hard to add a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin, but a conviction on that charge alone could set up a problematic scenario for them.
There were reports that Chauvin had 18 complaints filed against him before he killed Floyd.
The defence countered that Mr Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would, and sought to raise doubts about the cause of Mr Floyd's death, saying heart disease or even the exhaust fumes from the nearby police vehicle may have been factors.
"Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice", Pelosi said Tuesday at a press conference on Capitol Hill with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The former officer was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd pled for air.
Many downtown businesses had boarded up their windows for fear of a repeat of the violent street clashes that unfolded a year ago between police in riot gear and protesters, some of whom set fire to a police precinct house and damaged nearby property.More news: Guelph police not conducting random stops, clarify role in provincial guideline enforcement