F1 champion Hamilton reacts to George Floyd murder trial verdict

Darnell Taylor
April 21, 2021

The NBA reacted with satisfaction after the sentence against former police officer Derek Chauvin was issued by a jury in Minneapolis declaring him guilty on three charges for the murder of George Floyd.

"We are pleased that it appears that justice has been served", NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players Association (NBPA) executive director Michele Roberts said in a joint statement. "But we undertake this task with determination and urgency, knowing that change can not wait". In either case, the rapid discharge by cops of four shots at the young girl resulting in her death ignited another protest against what is widely seen as endemic racism and intimidating policing of Black people that was at the heart of George Floyd murder.

Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for manslaughter. Three other officers - Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane - are expected to go on trial in August.

Ben Crump, an attorney for George Floyd's family, called attention to the new mugshot on Wednesday morning, noting that it was the first sight of Chauvin without a mask on in the aftermath of being found guilty on all counts. Good. Still a ton of work to do.

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President Joe Biden said the verdict can be "a giant step forward" for the country against systemic racism.

Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old who witnessed the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis, was also widely praised on social media following the verdict as her infamous 9-minute video of the incident posted on Facebook, not only sparked worldwide protests last summer but also served as a critical piece of evidence in Chauvin's trial. The trial and other recent police shootings have increased pressure on the Biden administration and United States lawmakers to make policy changes.

In a speech last week, Garland had vowed to examine the practices of police departments that commit civil rights violations.

The Justice Department previously announced an investigation into whether the officers involved in Floyd's death violated his civil rights.

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