The death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, after a white police officer knelt on his back and neck for over nine minutes, is now officially murder. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday. He faces a sentence that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. The verdict brought relief to people outside the courtroom and to many across America who have been calling for police reform and racial justice. George Floyd’s brother hopes the verdict will even have an impact beyond the U.S. We begin our coverage with CGTN’s Dan Williams in Minneapolis.
Joining the discussion:
- Joseph Williams is a Senior Editor for U.S. News and World Report.
- Cheryl Dorsey is a retired LAPD Sergeant and author of “Black and Blue: The Creation of a Social Advocate. “
- TaLisa Carter is an Assistant Professor with the Dept. of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University.
- Rashawn Ray is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland.
Now that Derek Chauvin has been found guilty, what's next?
He's scheduled to be sentenced in June. And in August, three other former police officers are set to go on trial for aiding and abetting George Floyd's murder.https://t.co/Svh9Eza9vE
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CGTN’s Elaine Reyes spoke to Atiba Madyun, the founder and president of the research organization Party Politics U.S. after the guilty verdict on all three counts was announced for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted for the killing George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/qtfDjONQ3q
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