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'It shouldn't have taken a video and national reckoning': Americans react to Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict
The verdict was finally handed down in the trial of Derek Chauvin after the slaying of George Floyd under his knee. The trial was unique in that most police-involved homicides involve officers claiming they were threatened. Chauvin couldn't use that because Floyd was handcuffed, on the ground, and under several other officers holding him down.
What typically takes a long time is that there are a few opponents that battle it out with other members of the jury. In this case, it took a little over a day, 11 hours, to reach a verdict, which seems quicker than most.
Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, carrying with it up to 40 years in prison, third-degree murder, which carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison, and second-degree manslaughter which has a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. He was found guilty on all charges
Folks were quick to respond to the shocking news. You can see their comments below:
#Verdict reached. I spoke w #GeorgeFloyd’s brother Philonise. He hadn’t heard a verdict was reached in… https://t.co/GFjGiOFk5V— Sara Sidner (@Sara Sidner)1618948785.0
If Chauvin is found guilty will law enforcement get the message? I hope so but I'm also very doubtful.— Wajahat "Fasting" Ali (@Wajahat "Fasting" Ali)1618950574.0
With a guilty verdict, this jury will deliver the kind of “send a message” wake-up call for policing that America needs.— Katie S. Phang (@Katie S. Phang)1618950454.0
Our hope is that this verdict will be a small step towards accountability. But that’s just about accountability, no… https://t.co/szZ3vp6xb9— Cori Bush (@Cori Bush)1618950562.0
Even if he’s guilty, there’s nothing to celebrate.— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem Famuyide 🍎)1618950474.0
#Verdict, Most people think it's over after this but it's not. Qualified Immunity needs to go for cops who commit c… https://t.co/NL8W86E0FG— Keith Grant (@Keith Grant)1618948645.0
#Verdict: I feel like throwing up. It's what happens when you watch a man get murdered on camera by a cop and you s… https://t.co/O37OxS5NGj— Dennis Perkins (@Dennis Perkins)1618948010.0
Remember them all . . . George Floyd Daunte Wright Adam Toledo Elijah McClain Ahmoud Arbery Rayshard Brooks… https://t.co/8MfngOcKcD— Steve Rustad (@Steve Rustad)1618949449.0
Almost time I get to break out this maybe and get "those people" all fired up. #Verdict https://t.co/1SerXjhLyF— #JayceeHorn2NE (@#JayceeHorn2NE)1618949149.0
Feeling all kinds of uneasy about this verdict dropping, but sadly, it’s become a normal feeling for black men and… https://t.co/2fvkmnSr2a— W. Andre Reynolds (@W. Andre Reynolds)1618948517.0
Praying for all my friends and the great people in Minneapolis #verdict— Cris Carter (@Cris Carter)1618949923.0
No matter what happened with the #verdict I want all of y’all to stay safe and take care of yourselves ok?— I wish it were 2014 (@I wish it were 2014)1618949113.0
To my beautiful black friends. Whatever the #verdict I stand with you today, tomorrow and always #GeorgeFloyd— Queen A (@Queen A)1618949594.0
My heart is pounding so hard. Please Lord, let this be the day we take a step in the right direction. #verdict #chauvintrial— Erika (@Erika)1618949304.0
The fact that we are waiting for a verdict to be given about the George Floyd murder ,while we all WATCHED it happe… https://t.co/15PTwytBlp— Fely Adrienne🕊 (@Fely Adrienne🕊)1618950548.0
GUILTY ON ALL THREE CHARGES!!! https://t.co/Xdfs2j6tou— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)1618952974.0
Derek Chauvin may be guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd, but it goes without saying: It shouldn't… https://t.co/ewO7QwU8JX— Jenna Amatulli (@Jenna Amatulli)1618952976.0
Chauvin’s face while guilty verdicts were read. https://t.co/aGId5mMs24 https://t.co/Mxh6qKPLZR— Katy Tur (@Katy Tur)1618952976.0
Jeanine Pirro on Fox News: "Make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict. This verdict will be upheld on appeal."— Michael M. Grynbaum (@Michael M. Grynbaum)1618953213.0
NYT: Derek Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in the coming weeks but is likely to receive… https://t.co/cSMjMQI9Px— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1618953054.0
Rest in power, Mr. Floyd— Ron Fournier (@Ron Fournier)1618953250.0
There is loud honking and cheers on the street outside the govt center— Holly Bailey (@Holly Bailey)1618953227.0
Cuff ‘em https://t.co/BL4n2jV8io— Ron Fournier (@Ron Fournier)1618953204.0
Let's also mourn -- again -- for the brutal and senseless loss of #GeorgeFloyd.— howardfineman (@howardfineman)1618953206.0
Years or pain. Years of suffering. Years of hard work. Years of organizing. Just to have this small moment of just… https://t.co/FzE707jL3i— Pete Haviland-Eduah (@Pete Haviland-Eduah)1618953150.0
Russian President Vladimir Putin called communist Cuba's new leader Miguel Diaz-Canel Tuesday to discuss strengthening the two countries' "strategic partnership," the Russian foreign ministry said in a message retweeted by its embassy in Havana.
The call came the day after Diaz-Canel took over from Raul Castro as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the most powerful position in the one-party state that was an important Cold War ally of Russia.
Castro and his brother Fidel before him had successively held the post for more than six decades.
In Tuesday's call, Putin and Diaz-Canel "confirmed their mutual willingness to strengthen the strategic partnership as well as to coordinate efforts in the fight against the spread of #COVID19," said the tweet.
The Kremlin had earlier issued a statement congratulating Diaz-Canel and expressing willingness to "develop a constructive bilateral dialogue and mutually-beneficial cooperation" between the two nations.
While Russia seeks closer ties, Cuba's relations with the United States have been at a low since then-President Donald Trump reinforced sanctions following an historic but temporary easing of tensions under Barack Obama between 2014 and 2016.
The tougher measures and the effects of the coronavirus epidemic contributed to Cuba's economy declining 11 percent in 2020.
In his final address to the party last Friday, Castro affirmed a "willingness to conduct a respectful dialogue and build a new kind of relationship with the United States" but without Cuba renouncing "the principles of the revolution and socialism."
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said last Friday the United States was not planning any immediate change in its policy toward Cuba, which would continue to focus on "support for democracy and human rights."
"It is said that Cuba is not a priority for the United States... That begs the question why then are there laws... with the objective to attack and to try and control the destiny of Cuba," Diaz-Canel said in his first address as leader.
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Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges by a jury in Minnesota for the killing of George Floyd last year.
The jury's verdict comes less than one year after video showing Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes sparked nationwide outrage and led to mass protests against police brutality throughout the United States.
Prosecutors repeatedly showed excerpts from the video and in closing arguments, the state's attorney urged jurors to "believe your eyes."
"This case is exactly what you thought when you saw it first, when you saw that video," prosecutor Steve Schleicher said.
"This wasn't policing, this was murder," he said. "Nine minutes and 29 seconds of shocking abuse of authority."
Prosecutions of police officers are notoriously difficult in the United States because they enjoy what is called "qualified immunity," said David Schultz, a law professor at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University.
"Generally you can't hold police officers criminally responsible unless you can show they didn't follow department procedure or protocol, that they didn't act the way a reasonable officer would," Schultz said.
Prosecutors called several police officers to testify that Chauvin's use of force against Floyd, who was being taken into custody for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill, was excessive.
They included the Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo, who said Chauvin's actions violated the department's training policies and its "values."
Floyd's cause of death was also a key element of the trial and prosecutors called medical experts to testify that he died of hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen, from Chauvin's knee on his neck and that illegal drugs were not a factor.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson told the jury they needed to look at Chauvin's actions "from the perspective of a reasonable police officer."
"He did not purposefully use unlawful force," Nelson said. "You have to take into account that officers are human beings capable of making mistakes."
Nelson put a retired police officer on the witness stand who testified that in his opinion Chauvin's use of force against Floyd was "justified."
Nelson also sought to persuade the jury that Floyd's death was caused by an enlarged heart, narrowed arteries and the drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine.
A retired forensic pathologist put on the stand by the defense said Floyd died of cardiac arrest brought on by heart disease and the drugs.
Chauvin decided not to testify in his own defense and invoked his constitutional Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
With additional reporting from AFP
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