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"We don't celebrate a man going to jail, we would have rather George be alive," Sharpton said.
The 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all charges including second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter 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.
AL SHARPTON: This is the first time in a long [? array ?] of fights that we've seen three counts guilty [? on ?] all three. We don't find pleasure in this. We don't celebrate a man going to jail. We would have rather George be alive.
AL SHARPTON: But we celebrate that we-- because young people, white and Black, some castigated, many that are here tonight, marched, and kept marching, and kept going.
- That's right, Reverend.
AL SHARPTON: Many of them looked down on, but they kept marching and wouldn't let this die. And this is an assurance to them that if we don't give up, that we can win some rounds. But the war and the fight is not over.
Lord, as we give You the thanks and give You the praise, let George know that his name is going down in history. They may have put the knee on his neck, but he will now be a figure that we will take the knees off our necks now. And we give You the praise. Thank You. And God, we give You the glory. These blessings we ask in your name, Amen.
- Amen. Amen.