"Justice Served": Indian-American Politicians, Groups Welcome George Floyd Verdict

Courteney Ross, Mr Floyd's girlfriend of three years, and Philonise Floyd, his younger sibling, also took the stand to share details of the victim's background.

"I'm not just fighting for George anymore", he said. "I'm fighting for everybody around this world".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the jury "validated what we saw" in video recordings of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck until he died.

"Today, we are able to breath again", Philonise said.

Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

"We are relieved but not celebrating because the killing continues", the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who traveled to Minneapolis for the verdict, said in a telephone interview.

At a news conference, Ellison read off the names of others killed in encounters with police. "This has to end".

"We are in an imagination battle", social justice facilitator adrienne maree brown writes in her book, "Emergent Strategy". That's not one case.

A conviction on one or both of the murder counts but an acquittal on the manslaughter charge would be "weird", he said. "Let us pray with one another and for one another", read a statement by Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the bishops of the five other dioceses in the state.

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US President Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris phone called the Floyd family after the verdict, sharing their relief that there had been "some justice". Cahill said there was no evidence Chauvin's actions endangered anyone beyond Floyd. The president told the family that "nothing is going to make it all better, but at least there is some justice".

"I think our justice system is getting more just, I'm thankful for the verdict and certainly thought it was murder and so that last, my first thought or shortly thereafter and believe that this reinforces the fact that while we all may need to grow our confidence in parts of the system", Scott said.

Outside the Minneapolis courthouse, a crowd of several hundred people erupted in cheers when the verdict was announced.

The former officer, who was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken to jail after the verdict, could now be sent to prison for decades. Ten months after protesters set up camp in the park to protest Floyd's death, this gathering featured no protest signs, chants or demonstrations, only a quiet sense of expectation as word came that the jury had come to a decision.

People in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis hug after former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death on Tuesday.

Clergymen in New Rochelle say that they feel justice has been served in the case of Derek Chauvin.

The 12 sequestered jurors considered three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses including bystanders, police officials and medical experts along with hours of video evidence in the most high-profile USA case involving accusations of police misconduct in decades.

Professor Finnie Coleman, who teaches English and Africana Studies at the University of New Mexico, said we should not be giving the criminal justice system a "pat on the back" for doing what it should have done in "hundreds of cases in the past".

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