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US welcomes conviction of police officer for murder of Floyd, Biden: "A huge step towards justice in America" ​​| Israel Today

2021-04-21T10:45:13.152Z

| United States Hundreds of people burst out in happy voices outside the court where the decision was made to convict former police officer Derek Chubin • Floyd's brother said that "now we can breathe again" • Former President Obama: "The jury did the right thing, but real justice demands much more " In the United States, they welcomed tonight (Tuesday through Wednesday) the decision of the Minnesota jury to con



Hundreds of people burst out in happy voices outside the court where the decision was made to convict former police officer Derek Chubin • Floyd's brother said that "now we can breathe again" • Former President Obama: "The jury did the right thing, but real justice demands much more "

In the United States, they welcomed tonight (Tuesday through Wednesday) the decision of the Minnesota jury to convict former Officer Derek Chubin on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last year.

He is expected to serve up to 40 years in prison.

Documentation of the murder of George Floyd, last year

As I recall, Chauvin was photographed in May of last year with his knee firmly placed on the neck of Floyd, a black man who was 46 at the time of his death, brutally, after it was stopped and handcuffed in Minneapolis in front of the store where he tried to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit note.

He continued to do so for more than nine minutes, even after Floyd begged him to stop and shouted the words that had become the slogan of millions of protesters: "I can not breathe."

Hundreds of people who were present outside the court where the trial took place, burst out in happy voices when the decision was heard.

In George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, which gained its name after the murder took place in it, people shouted and applauded as a sign of joy.

Similar sights have been seen in many cities across the US.

"I can breathe," said Linea Belfield, a 43-year-old black woman who joined the celebrations in the square, referring to Floyd's trial.

"It feels like the beginning of something special. I had to bring my grandchildren to see it."

Raya Mora, 30, also joined the festivities: "I'm glad we don't have to tear up the city. It's a blessing that we can just be together."

Other people have taken the decision much more dramatically, such as Chris Dixon, a 41-year-old black man living in Minneapolis, who cried after the verdict.

"As a country, we have no history of giving responsibility to the police in such cases. When you are a black person, it is something that is hard to deal with and swallow every day," he said.

He said the decision brought new hope "not just for black people, but for people of all races and cultures who said it was unthinkable."

At a press conference held by Floyd's family after the decision was announced, Floyd's brother, Piloniz, said "now we can breathe again."

However, he noted that the struggle for justice has not yet ended: "We must protest because it seems to be a cycle that will never end."

U.S. President Joe Biden and his deputy Camela Harris watched the sentencing reading with their White House staff.

In a tweet posted by Biden on his Twitter account, he wrote that it was "a step forward. Although nothing will bring George Floyd back, it could be a huge step towards justice in America."

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.

- President Biden (@POTUS) April 20, 2021

Harris also tweeted on the subject, writing that "we are all part of George Floyd's legacy, and now our job is to respect it, to respect it. The sentence brings us one step closer to the reality of egalitarian justice, but it will not cure the pain that has existed in people for generations. "He will not take the pain the Floyd family felt. That is why we must fight for equal justice."

We are all part of George Floyd's legacy.

And now our job is to honor it — to honor him.

- Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 21, 2021

In addition to the two, former President Barack Obama also commented on the issue, writing on his Twitter account: "The jury did the right thing today, but real justice demands much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand by all those who pledged to ensure every person "An American will receive the full measure of justice that George and many others have not received."

Today, a jury did the right thing.

But true justice requires much more.

Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.

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- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 20, 2021

Source: israelhayom

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