White policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of African-American George Floyd on Tuesday evening (Swiss time). The 12 jurors – seven women and five men, of various ethnic origins – who had been deliberating in Minneapolis court since Monday, declared Derek Chauvin guilty of the three counts for which he was appearing.
The 45-year-old policeman, handcuffed, was immediately taken into custody. The announcement of the verdict sparked an explosion of joy in court.
“Guilty! Justice obtained in pain has finally been served to the family of George Floyd. This verdict is a turning point in history, ”reacted Ben Crump, the lawyer for the family of George Floyd, who died on May 25, 2020.
The death of George Floyd, suffocated by the pressure of the knee of Derek Chauvin for more than nine minutes, had shocked the American public opinion and beyond the borders of the United States, triggering gigantic demonstrations against racism and police brutality .
This trial under very high tension had become emblematic, leading up to President Joe Biden to give his opinion, a few hours before the verdict, by considering that the evidence against Derek Chauvin was “overwhelming”.
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