" I'll miss him. But now I know he's in the story. What an incredible day to be a Floyd ”, reacted Terrence Floyd, George Floyd's brother just after the verdict. “Today, we can finally breathe,” confesses his other brother, Philonise Floyd. Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on Tuesday of the murder of African-American George Floyd, following a high-tension trial that extensively examined a homicide that has become a symbol of police brutality against minorities in the United States. The 12 jurors, seven women and five men, of various ethnic origins, who had been deliberating since Monday in court in Minneapolis, have declared Derek Chauvin guilty of the three counts for which he was appearing.
The 45-year-old policeman, handcuffed, was immediately taken to custody. The announcement of the verdict sparked an explosion of joy in court in the large city of northern United States where the 40-year-old died when he was arrested on May 25, 2020. “I felt there was hope of change, ”Kayla reacts outside the downtown Minneapolis courtroom. Judge Peter Cahill will hand down sentence in a few weeks. Derek Chauvin faces 12 and a half years in prison but his sentence could be increased if the magistrate concludes that there are aggravating circumstances. But for many, the fight is not over: “We need to keep the conversation going. We really need to talk about police reform, ”says Nikki, present among the crowd.
Who is Derek Chauvin, the policeman on trial for the death of George Floyd?
The death of the black forty-something, 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 .