Harris was speaking just before a sequestered jury in Minnesota announced it had reached a verdict in the Chauvin trial. "And that is the reality of it".
Derek was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. "It means George Floyd can now rest". In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, who is white, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020, as he and three fellow officers arrested Floyd, who was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store.
Those pressing for justice for George Floyd responded to conservative threats of a walkout by simply saying, "Ok".
George Floyd's death sparked a global movement of protest and desire for change. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY says Congress must keep working on legislation "to bring meaningful change" to police departments.
"But it is accountability, which is the first step toward justice", Mr. Ellison said at a news conference after the verdict.
The anonymous jury deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days, and without asking the judge a single question, filed back into the Hennepin County Government Center on Tuesday afternoon to a courtroom under tight security and Covid-19 restrictions. "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", Ms. Harris said. The jury did not ask any questions of the judge during their deliberations. It should not take worldwide protests and months of sustained activism and marches to hold a police officer accountable when he commits a videotaped murder. Chauvin's knee was shown to be on Mr Floyd's neck as members of the public yelled at the police officer to get off him.
At the intersection where Floyd was pinned down, a crowd chanted, "One down, three to go!", a reference to the three other fired Minneapolis police officers facing trial in August on charges of aiding and abetting murder in Floyd's death.
Eliza Wesley, who identified herself as a gatekeeper of Floyd Square, led those gathered in a word of prayer. "A person's murder should not have to garner global attention to result in accountability", she said in a statement. "You said no weapon formed against us can prosper. This is the day that the Lord has made".
Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin will likely seek to overturn his murder and manslaughter convictions by arguing that the jury was prejudiced by media coverage and a settlement in the civil case brought by George Floyd's family, though his odds of success are slim, legal experts said.
On trial wasn't just Mr. Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the department before he was sacked last year.
The verdict was read in a courthouse ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire and patrolled by National Guard troops, in a city on edge against another round of unrest, not just because of the Chauvin case but because of the deadly police shooting of a young Black man, Daunte Wright, in a Minneapolis suburb April 11. Some businesses are boarded up with plywood.