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An American Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd

An American jury has convicted a former police officer of the murder of African-American George Floyd on Minneapolis Street last year. 

Derek Chauvin, 45, was captured kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes when he was arrested in May. 

The widely viewed footage has sparked worldwide protests against racism and excessive use of force by police. 

Chauvin was convicted on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. 

He remains in prison until he is sentenced and could spend decades in prison. The 12-member jury took less than a day to reach its verdict, which followed a highly-charged, three-week trial that left Minneapolis on edge. 

After the two sides presented a compromise argument on Monday, the jury was isolated at a hotel with outside contact so they could deliberately find out in the verdict, known as the process sequestration. 

 The jury had to agree unanimously and they were told they could not return to the country until a decision was made. 

The verdict encouraged a scene of celebration outside the court, where hundreds of people cheered as soon as it was announced. 

 Floyd’s family lawyer, Ben Cramp, said it marked a “turning point in history” for the United States.  

He tweeted that “Painfully acquired justice has finally arrived,”. It sends a clear message about the need for law enforcement accountability. ” 

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called the Floyd family shortly after the verdict. 

 Mr Biden was heard to say that “at least now there is some justice”. 

“We’re going to get a lot more. The president said, this is going to be the first shot at dealing with actual systematic racism,”. 

 And then in a national television comment, Mr Biden said: systematic racism is a stain on the soul of the whole nation. 

Meanwhile, Mrs. Harris called on lawyers to pass the George Floyd Bill aimed at reforming policing in the United States. “This bill is part of George Floyd’s legacy. This work is long overdue.” 

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