On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted for the murder of African-American George Floyd, post a racially charged trial that marked a pivotal test of police accountability in the United States. The jury found 45-year-old Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges against him, second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. A crowd gathered outside the downtown Minneapolis courtroom burst into cheers when the verdicts were announced after a three-week trial that had left the entire nation in anticipation. The former Minneapolis police officer, who was free on bail, was put in handcuffs after Judge Peter Cahill read out the verdicts reached by the racially diverse jury, consisting of seven-woman five-man. As Derek Chauvin was escorted out of the courtroom, one of George Floyd's brothers, Philonise Floyd, embraced the prosecutors. Derek Chauvin will face up to 40 years in prison, convicted with the most serious charge of second-degree murder. In the video that shook the world, Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force, was kneeling on George Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd lay face down, handcuffed on the ground, repeatedly saying that he can't breathe. To control any potential unrest in the cities across the United States, National Guard troops have been deployed in Minneapolis. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called members of the Floyd family after the verdicts, where Biden said that nothing would make it all better, but at least God now there's some justice. He expressed that everyone is so relieved for not just the one verdict but all three, guilty on all three counts. Kamala Harris, who is America's first Black vice president, said that this is a day of justice in America, and history will look back at this moment. Ben Crump, who is the Floyd family lawyer, hailed the verdict as a landmark victory for civil rights and a springboard to legislation to improve police forces in their dealings with minorities. This verdict is the change that sends a clear message of the need for accountability of law enforcement. Ben Crump tweeted, saying that Justice for Black America is justice for all of America. America's first Black president, Barack Obama, said that a jury did the right thing, but true justice requires much more. Three other former police officers linked to George Floyd's arrest are to go on trial later this year.
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