America celebrates as Chauvin found guilty of George Floyd's murder

A child sits on an adult's shoulders during a celebration of the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on April 20. — AFP

Darnella Frazier, the teenager who took the video that went viral, said Floyd was "scared" and "begging for his life".

"Although this murder took place in Minneapolis, the impact of this verdict goes far beyond Minnesota", Keller wrote in a statement. There should not have been any charge; it should have been a straight conviction. For the most part we 'don't care.' I think, also that we're not really encouraged to care, we don't have news coverage that encourages us to delve deeper into some of these topics and to understand how these different dynamics came about.

"This was accountability, but it's not yet justice", Bush said. "Let us all rejoice for this moment, but know that we still have work to do". When is the tide going to turn there? Today, they got that accountability. He was convicted of three counts, including second-degree murder. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.

"However, a guilty verdict doesn't mean the persistent problem of police misconduct is solved", Schumer said. There are numerous cases with similar storylines.

"Our country has been continually rocked and in mourning over the killing of Black community members", she said. "But, it is one of many that we have to fight to win".

Conversations that historically didn't occur are happening, he said. But, unfortunately, they are now starting to happen following another fatal police brutality case.

LaTonya Goldsby, a leader of Black Lives Matter Cleveland and Tamir's cousin, said the group planned the event knowing it would happen on the day of the verdict, but not knowing when that would be. "Being any other race, you're not going to know what it's like to be a Black person in America and believe us". We are networking and sharing resources. There was substantial evidence and video that backs it up. "But you couldn't even enjoy that", Kimberly Shepherd said.

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"I don't have any sense of satisfaction", he said.

"I'm not happy until I get [Chauvin's prison time], and they put him in the population and they treat him like a criminal - like they look at us in the community as criminals", she told the station.

The bill, which has not yet been considered by the Senate, would ban police chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limit military equipment used by police departments and require officers to wear body cameras. "I wish we could have all of these cases end like this one. We just want to seek equality for all races".

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

"That definitely gives me a unique perspective on these topics being from another country", Asante said. "I hope it is some vindication of and relief to the communities and people who have been the victims of systemically racist policing practices for generations".

While addressing the nation, Joe Biden said, "No one should be above the law". And that, I guess, is the bottom line here. "We now must pass the Justice in Policing Act".

Many of Floyd's loved ones emphasized the importance of the moment in the arc of history - Philonise called Emmett Till, a boy lynched in MS in 1955, "the first George Floyd" - and stressed that they want to make the world a better place for young people, like Floyd's daughter Gianna, who was at the news conference.

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