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Biden calls for confronting systemic racism after Chauvin convicted of murder in Floyd’s death

President Biden addressed the nation on April 20 after the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial returned a guilty verdict on all charges. (Video: The Washington Post)

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd on Tuesday, the conclusion of a closely watched trial that came nearly a year after Floyd’s killing catalyzed an international protest movement for racial justice.

After just over 10 hours of deliberation, a jury returned guilty verdicts on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison and will await his sentencing, in eight weeks, from jail.

“It’s not enough. We can’t stop here,” President Biden said in remarks at the White House after the conviction, a rare example of punishment after a police killing.

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Vice President Harris urged senators to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, saying “this work is long overdue” and that racial injustice is “a problem for every American.”
Nationwide, expected protests over the latest injustice gave way to celebrations that the jury in Minneapolis “did the right thing.”
I’m going to miss him, but now I know he’s in history,” Floyd’s brother Terrence Floyd said Tuesday.
The teenager who captured the world’s attention with her cellphone footage of Floyd’s arrest last year said she sobbed after jurors returned a guilty verdict for Chauvin.
These are the jurors who decided Chauvin’s fate.


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