U.S. reacts to verdict in Derek Chauvin trial: Guilty

The crowd outside of Cup Foods in Minneapolis erupted in cheers when they learned of Derek Chauvin’s conviction. George Floyd’s family members, including his brother and sister, watched from Houston.
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And of course, there's already strong reaction and moving reactions copping in from across this country. George Floyd's death sparked demonstrations and protests and conversations, including people from various races and backgrounds across this country. Parents bringing their children out to these protests. And tonight, ABC's linsey Davis - is in Minneapolis with what we're seeing so far. Reporter: Tonight, the crowd outside cup foods in Minneapolis erupting in cheers as they learned of Derek chauvin's conviction in George Floyd's death. At the U.S. Capitol, members of the congressional black caucus clasping hands as they listened to the verdicts. The disturbing video of chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck, as Floyd told officers he could not breathe, stunned the world. The memorial day incident then inciting outrage. With people from various races and backgrounds taking to the streets. In the nation's capital and across the country last summer, scenes of protesters face down in silence remembering the 46-year-old father. The black lives matter movement seeing a resurgence. Black lives matter! Reporter: And from los Angeles to Phoenix, Orlando to New York City, demonstrators demanding justice for Floyd, but also for other African-Americans who have died in police custody. At the Brooklyn memorial service, his brother Terrence telling our David Muir his family appreciated the diversity seen among demonstrators. When you looked out into that crowd and saw that sea of faces, black, white, asian-american, Latino, what did you make of it? I just know my brother was proud. Because I know the whole Floyd family is proud of that. Because we're all standing we're all standing together for the cause of justice. Reporter: In September of last year, that intersection near where Floyd was arrested renamed George Floyd square. And so let's bring in linsey Davis tonight, our Sunday night anchor, who is on the ground in Minneapolis, and linsey, George Floyd's death, we know, sparked a conversation across this country and a long overdue one. And you were saying as we were on the air with our breaking coverage earlier, that the word that best described perhaps what you witnessed there in Minneapolis is that people exhaled. And I gather that happened in - cities across this country and in small towns where we saw these protests and conversations started between police and people who live in those communities and tonight, Ken Moton reporting that George Floyd's family hopes that this verdict is just the beginning of this next chapter. Reporter: That's right. You can still hear some celebratory cheers out in the streets now, but people are also ready to get to work, as far as real change. Many members of the black caucus and Democrats are asking for legislation, specifically named George Floyd justice in policing act. This is legislation that would combat misconduct in policing, particularly racial bias in policing. David? Linsey Davis with our coverage in Minneapolis tonight. Linsey, thank you so much.

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