Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of killing George Floyd an Africa American last year.
The May 25th incident saw saw the 46-year-old face the brutal force of the police after he was accused of passing a fake 20 dollar bill in a shop in Minneapolis.
The prime suspect Derek Chauvin pinned George Floyd to the ground after discussion as he struggled to breath for for about nine minutes in a fully recorded incident shared on social media.
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The incident caused a nationwide protest that spread to other countries raising question and demanding answers into the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. The message was echoed by celebrities and other sports men and women who took a knee before any game.
On Tuesday however, the Jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges of second degree manslaughter, second degree unintentional murder and third degree murder.
President Joe Biden was among those who welcomed the news saying it was the way towards the much-needed police reforms in the country.
“Today, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd. The verdict is a step forward. And while nothing can ever bring George Floyd back, this can be a giant step forward on the march towards justice in America.
No one should be above the law. Today’s verdict sends that message, but it is not enough. We can’t stop here. In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this ever occur.
There’s meaningful police reform legislation in George Floyd’s name, but it shouldn’t take a year to get it done. I assured the Floyd family that we’re going to continue to fight for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act so I can sign it into law right away.” Said President Joe Biden.