Crowds were seen cheering and crying outside the court house where former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges in the killing of George Floyd.
A jury today found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after deliberating for around 10 hours.
People gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center and in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon anxiously waiting for the verdict.
As all three guilty counts were read out on camera, crowds erupted into applause, as people stared cheering and jumping up and down.
Many sobbed, clapped and chanted ‘George Floyd’ and ‘say his name’ with their fists in the air as they took in the news.
Placards saying ‘justice’ and showing images of the father’s face were waved through crowds, while many tightly hugged one another.
People had been gathering ahead of the verdict at a memorial outside Cup Foods grocery store in Minneapolis, where Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for around nine minutes.
Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison and is set to be sentenced in the coming weeks.
However, he will likely receive less time as the presumptive sentence in Minnesota for second-degree murder – the most serious charge against him – is 12.5 years.
Moments after the verdict, President Joe Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden called the Floyd family, according to a video posted by family attorney Ben Crump.
Mr Biden told the family: ‘Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least now there is some justice.’
He added: ‘We’re all so relieved.’
Barack Obama said in a statement that the jury ‘did the right thing but true justice requires much more’ as he shared a statement on Twitter.
The president said he hoped the verdict would give momentum to congressional police reform efforts.
The former US president said true justice requires people to understand that ‘black Americans are being treated differently every day’ and that millions live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last.
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