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Washington, April 21: The US Federal Grand Jury found former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges in the murder case of African-American George Floyd. Black Floyd (46) died during his arrest in May last year, when the police force treated him brutally. An employee of a store in Minneapolis accused Floyd of giving a counterfeit note. Chauvin (45) kept Floyd’s neck under pressure from his knee for more than nine minutes and kept it on the ground, while he kept saying that he was having trouble breathing. The brutal death of Floyd led to violent protests across the country. A 12-member federal jury in Minneapolis on Tuesday convicted Chauvin of all charges. Under this, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree non-intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder.
President Joe Biden said that it was a day-to-day murder and it removed the blindfold of the entire world so that they could see the racism that had taken root in the country. Biden said, “Racism is a stain on the soul of our country. The knee placed on the neck of justice for black Americans. Extreme fear and shock. The pain and suffering that blacks and black Americans have to endure every day. ” He said that this justice-giving decision is not enough. Biden said, “We will not stop here. In order to bring about the right changes and reforms, we have to stop this kind of tragedy from happening again to blacks or black people. ” Also read: America: Murder case against ex-policeman regarding Floyd’s death in America sent to jury
In his address to the nation soon after the decision, Vice President Kamala Harris said that throughout history, black Americans and especially black men have not been treated as human beings. He said, “We are relieved today. Still it cannot reduce the pain. There is a difference between taking measures for justice and doing equal justice. This decision has brought us one step closer and the fact is that we still need to work on it. ” Biden and Harris also spoke to Floyd’s family. In a joint statement, former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle said that real justice is more than giving a verdict in a trial. US Attorney General Merrick Garland said that in Chauvin’s trial, the jury fulfilled its civil duty and convicted him on all charges.