Nervous crowds awaiting a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin erupted in jubilation on Tuesday after the jury found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd during an arrest last May.
Outside the courthouse, a crowd of several hundred people erupted in cheers when the verdict was announced.
Chants of “George Floyd” and “All three counts” broke out and people jumped in the air, applauded and wept.
Throngs gathered in George Floyd square, around the intersection where Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died with his neck pinned to the street under Chauvin’s knee, screamed, cheered and applauded at the news of the guilty verdict.
Meanwhile, Reuters news cameras captured the emotional reaction of a couple who stopped to listen to the verdict in Washington’s Black Lives Matter Plaza, fighting back tears as the guilty verdicts were read out.
Former police officer Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest.
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