Toronto Police acknowledge 'long-standing impacts' of Floyd murder

Carrie Guzman
April 21, 2021

"Hopefully the visibility of George Floyd's murder will help prevent other crimes and promote profound reforms", tweeted Alessia Injoque, head of the Equals Foundation, an LGBTQ rights group.

"Today there was justice for #GeorgeFloyd", wrote one person on Twitter.

"Justice for Black America is justice for all of America", the Floyd family's attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement.

"Systematic racism is a stain on our nation's soul".

On Tuesday, local leaders responded to Chauvin's conviction by saying it brought some measure of justice to communities that have been working for change.

Speaking of the jurors who were quick to find Chauvin guilty of all the charges against him, Ellison said, "They answered the call, and they served in a landmark trial".

"For so many", Biden said, "it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver basic accountability". In the battle for America's imagination of itself, George Floyd's murder has opened up a new front. The joy and relief stood in stark contrast to the anger and sometimes violent protests that engulfed the country following Floyd's death.

"GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd's family". He could now face up to 40 years in prison.

The people who witnessed Floyd's slow and painful murder on the streets of Minneapolis, and stopped to plead for his life and try put a stop to the killing, recognized the man's humanity without knowing anything about him, Ellison said.

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"I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict".

Chauvin is expected to appeal against the verdict, USA media report. The May 2020 episode sparked outrage over brutality and racism as graphic video recordings from bystanders were circulated, adding to unrest over the repeated killings of Black people at the hands of police.

Police officers have rarely been convicted - if they are charged at all - for deaths that occur in custody, and the verdict in this trial has been widely seen as an indication of how the United States legal system will treat such cases in future. Cahill said Chauvin's sentencing is likely eight weeks away.

For third-degree murder, the maximum sentence is 25 years.

Few officers are charged with manslaughter or murder, and fewer still are convicted.

The defence countered that Mr Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would, and sought to raise doubts about the cause of Mr Floyd's death, saying heart disease or even the exhaust fumes from the nearby police vehicle may have been factors.

The case hinged on whether the jury believed the prosecution argument that Mr Chauvin used excessive, and therefore illegal, force that killed Mr Floyd.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the Black Caucus shortly afterward at a news conference outside, where she said she had spoken to Floyd's family just before the verdict. Floyd can be heard on the video crying out for his mother and telling officers he could not breathe. Courteney Ross, Floyd's girlfriend of almost three years, recalled their first kiss and their shared struggle with opioid addiction.

He made it clear that choke holds or "any kind of neck restraint" have never been a trained tactic within the Grand Rapids Police Department. We got a chance to go to trial and we took it all the way.

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