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    On Tuesday, the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal arrest of George Floyd in May 2020, reached a verdict, finding Chauvin guilty on all three counts.

    Following the conviction of Derek Chauvin on all counts in the death of George Floyd, US President Joe Biden, along with the vice president, Kamala Harris, and the first lady, Jill Biden, called George Floyd's family and spoke with the dead man’s brother, Philonise.

    Later in the evening, the US president delivered remarks on the verdict.

    On Tuesday, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three counts, one apiece for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

    Police departments in a number of major US cities began earlier this week to prepare for possible protests in anticipation of the Chauvin verdict.

    Floyd’s death at the hands of Chauvin on 25 May 2020 triggered mass protests in almost every major city in the United States, with demonstrators denouncing police brutality and demanding justice for African Americans who have suffered at the hands of US police officers. Many of last year's protests were marked by clashes between protesters and heavily-armed police, as well as by looting and attacks by some protesters on shops and federal buildings.

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    • 04:28

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      MINNEAPOLIS (Sputnik) - Dozens gathered near a convenience store in Minneapolis, a place where George Floyd died nearly a year ago, to pay tribute to the African American man and celebrate a court’s decision to convict a policeman of his murder, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      The celebration peacefully moved to the place now known as the George Floyd square - a blocked intersection with a makeshift memorial - from the downtown court area.

      People would sing and chant, pause for a silent prayer. The crowd mostly dispersed ahead of a curfew still in effect across the city.

      No enhanced police presence was visible in the area. A Sputnik reporter saw no altercations in the downtown or in the square located in the middle of a troubled residential neighborhood.

    • 02:08

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    • 23:12

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      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Joe Biden said the guilty verdict holding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin responsible for George Floyd's death is a chance to create significant change towards addressing racial injustice, but called on more action to reform the justice system.

      "We have a chance to begin to change the trajectory in this country," Biden said in a speech on Tuesday evening. "This can be a moment of significant change."

      Biden said the Chauvin verdict is a step forward but far too rare. He added that the Senate must adopt the House-passed George Floyd justice reform bill so that he can sign it into law immediately.

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      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Finding Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin being guilty on all three charges in the death of George Floyd is not true justice, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said after the verdict.

      "That long, hard, painstaking work has culminated today. I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice, and now the cause of justice is in your hands. And when I say your hands, I mean the hands of the people of the United States," Ellison said.

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