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.
AG Garland says federal civil rights investigation into Floyd's death is ongoing
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Tuesday that the federal civil rights investigation into Floyd's death is still ongoing after Chauvin's conviction.
"While the state’s prosecution was successful, I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death," Garland said in a statement. "The Justice Department has previously announced a federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd. This investigation is ongoing."
The Justice Department's review was announce in May 2020, under then-Attorney General William Barr. The New York Times reported in February that a federal grand jury had been empaneled and new witnesses called, citing two people with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Minnesota AG on what kind of sentencing he'll push for: 'A just one'
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison would not specify what kind of sentencing he will seek for convicted murderer Derek Chauvin but told reporters he would push for "a just one."
"We believe there are aggravating factors and the sentence should exceed the sentencing guidelines," Ellison said Tuesday when asked whether he would ask the judge for the 12 years in the state's recommended guidelines.
Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal arrest of George Floyd. The top charge, second-degree murder, carries the highest potential penalty, up to 40 years in prison.
His sentencing is expected to take place in eight weeks.
People flock to support teenager who filmed George Floyd's murder
A rush of people flocked to a nearly year-old GoFundMe to support Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed George Floyd's murder last year.
More than 1,000 people donated to the crowdfunding campaign and offered words of support Tuesday after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Frazier, who was 17 at the time, tearfully testified during the trial that she regretted not doing more to save Floyd's life.
But Frazier was flooded with praise by many, including Oprah Winfrey, for her decision to stand and bear witness to the fatal arrest outside Cup Foods on May 25.
"Dear Darnella, your quick-thinking and sense of justice on the corner of 38th and Chicago last May have changed our world," one supporter, Susan J. Barker, wrote. "May you find comfort in knowing that you are truly heroic. I am deeply grateful."
Another donor said Fraizer's country "owes you a debt of gratitude — and heaven knows we also owe you peace and healing."
In his remarks after the conviction, President Joe Biden called Frazier "a brave young woman with a smartphone camera" for stopping to record the interaction.
Michael Moore, the filmmaker and activist, echoed a sentiment expressed by many on social media: "You changed the world."
"No film in our time has been more important than yours," Moore tweeted. "Now the rise-up, the fight, moves quickly forward. Thank you, Darnella."
'Wrong is wrong': Houston neighborhood where George Floyd grew up celebrates verdict
HOUSTON — Aziz Rum, 44, sat on his porch Tuesday evening in Cuney Homes, the Houston public housing complex where George Floyd grew up, and waited anxiously to learn the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.
“Right is right, and wrong is wrong,” said Rum, who knew Floyd when they were teenagers. “At the end of the day, when you do wrong, you should be held accountable. That’s what we were taught growing up in this neighborhood.”
A moment later, the verdict was broadcast over loudspeakers down the street, at an outdoor lunch counter where a crowd of residents had gathered.
“Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” the lunch counter’s owner, Kim Hewitt, shouted into a microphone, her words echoing through the neighborhood.
Rum smiled, then got up from his chair.
“Like I said,” Rum said as he walked to join a crowd of Cuney residents who’d begun to celebrate down the street. “Wrong is wrong. My friend shouldn’t have died that way.”
Vice President Kamala Harris: 'A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice'
Vice President Kamala Harris, in remarks just hours after Derek Chauvin's conviction, called on the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and condemned America's "long history of systemic racism" she said was holding the country back.
"A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice," she said, speaking at the White House just before President Joe Biden.
"Black men are fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors," she said. "Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation."
She added: "Here’s the truth about racial injustice. It's not just a Black America problem or a people of color problem. It is a problem for every American. It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all."
The legislation, passed without Republican support in the House, faces a steep uphill climb in the Senate, where Democrats have 50 members and need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.
Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, says he had faith in conviction
Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, said he feels relieved that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder Tuesday but added there is too much injustice from police.
"A lot of days that I prayed, and I hoped, and I was speaking everything into existence, I said: I have faith that he will be convicted," Floyd said.
Floyd referenced Emmett Till, the Black teenager lynched in Mississippi in 1955. Floyd said, "To me he was the first George Floyd."
"But today you have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother," Floyd said. "It was a motion picture. The world seen his life being extinguished. And I could do nothing but watch, especially in that courtroom — over and over and over again, as my brother was murdered."
Floyd also referenced the killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed in Minneapolis suburb Brooklyn Center by a police officer earlier this month. "He should still be here," Floyd said of Wright.
"We have to always understand that we have to march. We will have to do this for life," Floyd said. "We have to protest. Because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle."
Words of John Lewis greet Brooklyn demonstrators: 'We will stand up for what is right'
Words of late civil rights icon John Lewis adorned the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday, as New York City residents hailed verdicts against a former police officer more than 1,200 miles away in Minneapolis.
"We will stand up for what is right, for what is fair and what is just," the Lewis quote reads.
Demonstrators peacefully gathered at the home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets shortly after jurors convicted former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin on all charges stemming from the killing of George Floyd nearly one year ago.
The Barclays Center was a focal point of many protests over the summer, as New Yorkers decried systemic racism and Floyd's murder under Chauvin's knee.
'Guilty!': Chauvin's trial brings relief, hope for future justice
Civil rights organizations, celebrities and many others shared a collective exhale on Tuesday after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
Americans across the country took to social media as they awaited the verdict in Chauvin's trial and expressed relief following the announcement that the former officer was found guilty on charges of both murder and manslaughter.
Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who represented Floyd's family, called the verdict "painfully earned justice."
"This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement," Crump tweeted. "Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!"
Many, however, were reluctant to call the jury's decision justice. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., instead remarked that justice is a "continuum."
"Oh, that George Floyd were still alive," King tweeted. "But I’m thankful for accountability. The work continues."
Actress Kerry Washington echoed the sentiment in her own tweet, reminding her followers that the fight is not over.
"We have a lot of work to do. There is more fight ahead of us," Washington tweeted. "But RIGHT NOW please take CARE of yourself. And let’s take care of each other."
'The right verdict': U.S. lawmakers praise Chauvin conviction in George Floyd's death
Lawmakers in Congress widely praised the jury that rendered guilty verdicts on Tuesday against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd.
Several lawmakers also called for further legislative action to address policing in the U.S.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only Black Republican in the chamber, said the outcome offers "renewed confidence in the integrity of our justice system."
"George Floyd died because Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck and stopped him from breathing for more than nine minutes. There is no question in my mind that the jury reached the right verdict," he said in a statement, adding that there was more work to be done to "repair tenuous relationship between law enforcement and Black and minority Americans."
George Floyd's girlfriend: 'It's time, it's time that everybody gets held accountable'
George Floyd's former girlfriend declared that Tuesday's guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin is a key step toward holding police accountable.
"I’m just extremely thankful that Floyd's voice is going to bring change now," Courteney Ross told NBC News. "I knew the verdict was going to be guilty. I knew it."
Ross testified early in the trial, painting a picture of Floyd and describing his character.
Ross on Tuesday vowed to attend the trial of the three other officers charged in connection with Floyd's death.
"The truth is here, and now justice is here," Ross said. "It's time, it's time that everybody gets held accountable."
Pelosi comments met with backlash on Twitter
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expanded on her comments following the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts after she was criticized by many on social media for saying George Floyd sacrificed his life "for justice."
"Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice," Pelosi said during a news conference. "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."
The phrasing struck a nerve.
In a new tweet, Pelosi said: "George Floyd should be alive today. His family’s calls for justice for his murder were heard around the world. He did not die in vain. We must make sure other families don't suffer the same racism, violence & pain, and we must enact the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act."