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New Yorkers React As Derek Chauvin Is Found Guilty In George Floyd's Death

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After 10 hours of deliberations, the jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd. Crowds in New York City reacted to the verdict Tuesday; CBS2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

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DANA TYLER: We begin with the breaking news in the Derek Chauvin trial. It just took barely two days, a short time for the jurors to come to a decision. The reading of the verdict was watched around the country late this afternoon. After more than 10 hours of deliberations, the jury found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty of all three charges in the death of George Floyd. The verdict was read by the judge just after 5:00 today. Chauvin was facing three counts. Second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter. Guilty on all counts.

Tonight, people in New York City are reacting to the verdict. CBS 2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas is live in Union Square with more. Aundrea.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Well, Dana. Leaders from Black Lives Matter of greater New York broke the news to a crowd that had already assembled here at Union Square. That crowd erupted into cheers. Cars passing by started honking. Let's take you to that moment.

- The officer who killed George Floyd has just been found guilty.


- Black lives matter. Black lives matter.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: And they told the crowd this conviction came about because of the relentless protests and pressure of everyday people who would not give up. For many, last summer may have been the first time they hit the streets. But for activists, they've been pounding the pavement for years. They compared this case to Eric Garner's death saying this time in their words finally feels like justice.

CHIVANA NEWSOME: I feel that the American system gave the people justice. I was on the ground when they announced that they were going to arrest Chauvin in George Floyd's square. I've been beaten for George Floyd. We've gone to jail for George Floyd. But today I can rejoice. I can smile and know that this can be a government that is for and by the people.


AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Now, while there's a sigh of relief among those who were hoping for this verdict, Chivana says there is more work to be done. While George Floyd's murder represented longstanding concerns about policing especially in Black and Brown communities, they say efforts for reform are far from over. Reporting live in Union Square, Aundrea Cline-Thomas, CBS 2 News.

DANA TYLER: Aundrea, thank you.