Transcript for George Floyd’s family jubilant after Derek Chauvin is convicted: Part 10
Chauvin! Guilty! During your deliberations, you must not let bias, prejudice, passion, sympathy, or public opinion influence your decision. Judge Cahill's instructions to the jury, that's kind of unique, because it was as if he was trying to get them to think about the outside world and instead focus on the job they were supposed to do. It's really hard to think that these jurors don't understand how historic it is, so in some ways it's going to way on them. As we waited to see what would happen, I felt anxiety. Anxiety for our country, I think anxiety as a woman of color, wondering if we're just going to recognize humanity. All right, we are in recess until we hear from the jury. The responsibility now in the hands of the jury. The jurors are going to be able to deliberate until 7:30 P.M. Central time. The jury calling it a night after four hours of deliberations. They'll be holed up in hotel rooms, not watching, reading or listening to any news. The city of Minneapolis and the nation bracing for a verdict. Overnight, protests on the streets of Minneapolis. The National Guard deployed and the governor declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of a verdict. George Floyd's family at a hotel near the courthouse and back in their hometown of Houston were all watching and waiting for the verdict. The one family member inside the courtroom, George Floyd's brother, philonise Floyd. Before I even came in the courtroom I was pacing back and forth, back and forth. And then around 2:30 P.M. Central time, after just nine hours and 44 minutes of deliberation, we hear that they have a verdict. Good afternoon we're coming on the air at this hour because a verdict has been reached in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek chauvin. We find out there's verdict, and immediately outside of the courthouse people start to show up. LE. Hurry up, they're about to read the verdict! All right, please be seated. Members of the jury, I understand you have a verdict. We, the jury in the above entitled matter as to count one, second-degree murder while committing a felony, guilty. Same caption, verdict count two, find the defendant guilty. Same caption, verdict count three. Find the defendant guilty. And the crowd really erupts. Let the healing work begin! When that verdict was read, people all over the country and all over the world were jumping for joy. Say his name! George Floyd! Say his name! George Floyd! They were kneeling in relief. It was like an exhale that you heard worldwide. Thank you. I looked and I watched them put his hands behind his back and I was like, he had it a lot easier than my brother, but it was accountability. To see him handcuffed walking out of that courthouse like my brother was handcuffed, that showed me he had no more power. Derek chauvin was convicted on all three counts, meaning he is just going to be sentenced to second-degree murder because that's the highest charge. He faces up to 40 years. As for the three other officers involved, they have been charged with aiding and abetting chauvin in Floyd's death and all have plead not guilty. Law enforcement by and large saw the same thing that this jury saw, the same thing that the Floyd family saw, and that was a murder. Police chiefs and high-ranking police officers across the country came out - in support of the verdict. Reporter: The Minneapolis police chief who took the witness stand and testified against Derek chauvin, he made it clear, he said he respects the process and respects the decision that the jury had handed down. I would not call today's verdict justice, however. It is accountability. In the moments right after getting that verdict the family got a call from president Biden. I think of Gianna's comment, my dad's going to change the world, is going start now. You're incredible, an incredible family. I think for the president of the United States to acknowledge this kind of pain, this kind of trauma systemic racism, I think that's got to be huge, not just for the Floyd family but for so many people in this country who have not felt heard, have not felt noticed. No one should be above the law. And today's verdict sends that message. But it's not enough. It can't stop here. Today we feel a sigh of relief. Still, it cannot take away the a measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice.
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