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    Derek Chauvin was convicted by juries on all charges on 20 April following a long trial for the murder of George Floyd. Floyd’s brother said after the court hearing that his family now can “breathe again.”

    The Las Vegas Raiders football team received a backlash after its official Twitter account posted a picture on Tuesday, saying “I can breathe” just hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.

    According to club owner Mark Davis, the publication was related to a comment made by Philonise, George Floyd’s younger brother, who said earlier “Today, we are able to breathe again” while addressing a press conference following the verdict.

    “If I offended the family, then I’m deeply, deeply disappointed […] It's not an apology. I'm not embarrassed by what I said, but I did learn something now." he told The Athletic.

    Davis noted that the post would not be removed, but it can be un-pinned and let “run its course”. He also added that he didn’t know the initial meaning of the motto and noted that now he “can see where there could be some negativity towards what I said based on that", referring to the fact that the "I can breath" slogan was used by New York Police Department supporters during demonstrations after the 2014 killing of Eric Garner.

    Shortly after the publication bemused users expressed their outrage, saying that the post is “offensive”.

    ​At the same time, some didn't understand the critics, as they're convinced that Raiders' social media coordinator just wanted to praise the verdict.

    Chauvin has faced second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges after he killed Minnesota resident George Floyd on 25 May 2020, kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes and ignoring his pleas, “I can’t breathe.”

    On Tuesday the 12-jury panel ruled to find him guilty as charged. Chauvin is expected to be sentenced in eight months.


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