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Chauvin was convicted of murder on Tuesday in the arrest of George Floyd, a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement's treatment of Black Americans.
The 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, criminally liable in Floyd's death last year after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts. Deliberations began on Monday and lasted just over 10 hours.
In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, who is white, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020, as he and three fellow officers arrested Floyd, who was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store.
Chauvin had pleaded not guilty to the charges of second-degree unintentional murder involving "intentional infliction of bodily harm," third-degree unintentional "depraved mind" murder involving an "act eminently dangerous to others," and second-degree manslaughter involving a death caused by "culpable negligence."
- This is not just a problem in Minneapolis. This is a problem all around the United States. So that's how I feel. Everybody should just show their support. And just cause, like, a lot of people feel like protesting don't work, this protest worked. We've been doing this all year, fighting for George Floyd, and we still not done.
- But I'm proud that he got convicted of all charges, but I want to look at this picture. We did not get justice for what led to George Floyd, to his state. He was a guy who did drugs occasionally. He used a fake $20 bill. And that's not a reason for a man to die, but we have to build a system which provides for each one of us, no matter what skin color or working class, what class you come from or what skin color we have.
- As an organizer who's been organizing in New York for almost a year now consistently, I feel vindicated, but I also feel emboldened. I feel as though this makes us unstoppable. I feel like the fact that we were able to secure justice for George Floyd means that we can secure justice for every Black person who was killed by police.
And now we're looking to justice for Breonna Taylor, we're looking to justice for Daunte Wright, we're looking to justice for Tamir Rice because Black people do deserve justice. And this is a message to every little Black child coming up that your life matters. And if your life is taken at the hands of the state, there will be consequences.
And I hope every killer cop is watching and paying attention because today the Black Lives Matter movement served notice on you. We are serving notice on you today--
- --that going forward, if you take our lives, there will be consequences. And that consequence will be dying behind the same bars that you spend your lives putting us behind.
- I'm overjoyed. I'm very happy because this morning I didn't have no hope that this man was even going to go to jail. And I find out he's gone-- he got all three counts. Yes, the entire-- this is something the entire world was behind.
Now we got another murder that we got to handle. I think this is momentum for not just African Americans, but everybody that suffers from police brutality, everybody that suffers from being treated wrongly by members of authority because this lets you know that you're not untouchable; that if you do wrong, you have to suffer the consequences. So yes, I definitely believe that.