World reacts to murderer Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict: ‘Victory would be George Floyd being alive’

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04/21/2021

The 12-member jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced their verdict on Tuesday (20 April) after less than a day of deliberation. Chauvin was found guilty on three charges – second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter – after he knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed on the ground. Police officers have rarely been convicted – if charged at all – for deaths that occur in custody, especially deaths of Black people in custody. So the verdict in this trial has been seen as an indication of how the US legal system might hold the perpetrators of such incidents accountable in the future. The news of the verdict was met with celebration and caution in the LGBT+ community as many indicate that the work for true equality and justice continues. Writer and trans activist Raquel Willis wrote on Twitter that Georgie Floyd’s murder “pushed many people to think more deeply about how white supremacy functions in our society”. She said: “Regardless of the verdict and what is said about Chauvin, we need people to stay engaged and motivated in the fight to end systems of oppression.”

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