San Diego's elected leaders call Chauvin verdict justice, pivotal turning point

Darnell Taylor
April 21, 2021

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed. He said they "raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong", and then "told the whole world" what they saw.

George Floyd's family described Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict Tuesday as a turning point for the nation.

Gary McCollum, a local minister in Virginia Beach, said he's afraid that Chauvin's actions will be portrayed as those of "one bad apple" in the criminal justice system rather than a systemic problem.

Three other former police officers involved in Floyd's arrest are to go on trial later this year. "But the fact that we can respond in this way shows some promise and light there".

Chauvin, 45, a police officer for almost two decades, was convicted of all three counts he faced, including second-degree murder, which carries a punishment of up to 40 years in prison.

Jabril, who is Muslim and grew up in South Central L.A., said he remembers the fires and looting in the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King verdict, when four police officers were acquitted after being videotaped beating King during a highway stop. Yet the Capitol Police did not request the boosted security measures until Monday-the day that the jury began its deliberations in the Chauvin case.

The Albuquerque Police Department is in the midst of a yearslong reform process after a federal investigation found that officers had a pattern and practice of using excessive force.

Tuesday's verdict was handed out almost three decades after a Los Angeles jury acquitted police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, and it came a week after another unarmed Black man, Daunte Wright, was shot and killed by a police officer in a suburb just outside of Minneapolis.

"It's a new day in America", he said.

"It's like an asterisk on the success", he said. "I don't think this is a good thing". But, she added, the struggle for justice continues, and Chauvin must also face a severe sentence that matches the severity of the crime.

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"I don't feel like there's a reason to celebrate", said the founder of Voices for the Voiceless. "My grandparents didn't get that chance", said Layton. "We know that there are still the mothers, the families, the children who are shedding tears today, because the verdict will not bring back their family".

Atkins said the Floyd case must lead to police reform.

Outside the courthouse and at the street corner where Floyd was killed, people cheered the news with calls of "justice" and "Black Lives Matter".

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins called the verdict "a victory".

Some context: Cities across the country, including Washington, DC, have been preparing for potential unrest related to the Chauvin trial since at least last week. "We've been screwed over, we've been mistreated, I mean, they just been getting away with crime".

She was not alone in that feeling. It took him a few minutes to believe Chauvin was proved to be guilty, he said.

In overwhelmingly white Vashon Island off Seattle, resident Karen Oneil watched the verdict with her handmade sign half painted.

In Nubian Square, Will Rodriguez, 41, said he expected the jury to find Chauvin guilty on only one of the three charges.

"This was accountability, but it's not yet justice", Bush said.

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