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Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd's murder: Live updates

The Derek Chauvin jury reached a verdict in the trial over the death of George Floyd after one day of deliberation. Get live updates and watch the livestream.
Image: Reaction to the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin
Xochitl Ramirez and Angel Reyes from Panama embrace following the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, at BLM Plaza in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2021.Evelyn Hockstein / Reuters

A jury has reached a verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial over the death of George Floyd, finding the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all counts.

Chauvin was charged with two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in Floyd's death. The video of Floyd pleading for help as Chauvin knelt on him was seen around the world last year, igniting a wave of protests over police brutality.

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Biden calls George Floyd's family after verdict

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with the family of George Floyd after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts against him in Floyd's death.

The video of the phone call was tweeted by Floyd family attorney Ben Crump.

Biden, on speakerphone, said he was pleased to see the jury find Chauvin guilty on all counts he faced and pledged that Floyd's memory is going to lead to change.

"You're an incredible family. I wish I was there to put my arms around you," he said. "I'm standing here, I'm sitting and we've been talking and watching every second of this, me and the vice president. Just, we're all so relieved."

"Not just guilty on one but on all three counts," he continued, adding, "I'm anxious to see you guys. I really am. We're going to get a lot more done. We're going to do a lot."

Harris praised the family's "courage," "commitment and strength" and said they were "real leaders at this moment when we needed you."

Harris said the administration will "make something good out of this tragedy."

Obama responds to verdict

"Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing," former President Barack Obama wrote on Twitter. 

Crowd outside Minneapolis courthouse erupts in cheers after verdicts read

A crowd of several hundred erupted into cheers and applause outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis as the judge in the Derek Chauvin trial read the guilty verdicts against the former police officer for the death of George Floyd.

The crowd repeated Floyd's name among other cheers. One 31-year-old Minneapolis woman was left stunned.

"Honestly, I really don't have the words for it right now, and I'm trying to take everything in," she told NBC News. "And it feels like we can take the day to celebrate, that we're finally getting a taste of justice."

But she said Floyd's death is not the only controversial killing by police. She and others also want justice for Daunte Wright, a Black man killed by police in Brooklyn Center, near Minneapolis, earlier this month. She also referenced the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago last month.

She said it has been intense in Minneapolis, but "it finally feels like the smoke has cleared just a tiny bit, enough just to take a deep breath."

Biden and Harris watched verdict, called Floyd's brother from Oval Office

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris watched the verdict with staff in the White House's dining room.

Following the announcement of the verdict, the president spoke with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Biden, Harris and Jill Biden also spoke with Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother, from the Oval Office.

Photos: Tearful celebrations in Minneapolis after guilty verdict

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Pelosi, Bass: Guilty verdicts 'step in the right direction' but sentencing 'must match crime'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and members of the Congressional Black Caucus called the guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin a step in the right direction, but cautioned that they wanted to wait to see how he was sentenced before recognizing that justice had been fully served.

"Thank God, the jury validated what they saw," Pelosi said on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

"We have seen a step in the right direction for justice done." But she added, "it's not over."

Rep. Karen Bass, who chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 2019 through January, said, "For a moment we have a little bit of relief" and that "For a moment we can exhale."

"Step one is the verdict. Step two is the sentencing. We have been through this too many times … you can get a verdict but the sentencing must match the crime he was convicted of," Bass added.

Pelosi, meanwhile, said she had called the Floyd family to thank them for their "grace and dignity."

And she offered her gratitude, posthumously, to George Floyd himself, "for sacrificing your life for justice."

"Because of you, and because of millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice. And now we have to make sure justice prevails with sentencing."

Verdict brings 'tears of joy' to family of George Floyd

The conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin brought "tears of joy" to George Floyd's family, the dead man's brother said. 

With so few police officers criminally convicted for their actions on the job, George Floyd's younger brother Rodney Floyd called the jury's action on Tuesday historic.

“Tears of joy, so emotional that no family in history ever got this far,” he told MSNBC. “This right here is for everyone that’s been in that situation. Everybody, everybody. We are here standing in unity."

 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz calls Chauvin conviction an 'important step forward for justice'

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called the conviction of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd an "important step forward for justice."

"Today's verdict is an important step forward for justice in Minnesota," Walz said in a statement minutes after the jury found Chauvin guilty on all charges. "The trial is over but our work has only begun."

While Tuesday's guilty verdicts will not ease the pain of Floyd's family, Walz said, "we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today."

Chauvin was charged with two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in Floyd's death.

 

Photo: Chauvin led away in handcuffs

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in George Floyd's death.Pool via Reuters

Cheers heard in BLM Plaza near White House as Biden prepares remarks

Cheers could be heard in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the verdict was being announced. 

The White House is preparing for President Joe Biden to deliver remarks. 

One White House official said the verdict was "consistent with the facts" and another said justice has been served.

Judge revokes Derek Chauvin's bail

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been remanded into custody after being convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday.

Judge Peter Cahill revoked Chauvin's bail and ordered he be remanded into custody after announcing the jury's verdict. Chauvin's sentencing will take place in eight weeks, though Cahill did not give an exact date.