By Vatican News staff reporter
The trial for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has ended with a verdict of guilty for former police officer Derek Chauvin. Almost a year ago, on 25 May, Derek Chauvin killed African-American George Floyd while arresting him, by keeping his knee pressed on his neck for over nine minutes.
On Tuesday the jury found him guilty on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Crowds of people awaiting the verdict outside the Minneapolis courthouse greeted the sentencing on all three counts with enthusiasm, cheers and chants. Around the world, similar scenes followed.
US President's remarks
In public remarks, President Biden said, "It was a murder in the full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the Vice President just referred to — the systemic racism that is a stain our nation’s soul; the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans; the profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience every single day".
An ongoing battle
The struggle to end systemic racism in the US has been going on for years, with anti-racism groups and campaigners demanding justice for all victims of racism. Though the conviction of ex-officer Chauvin brings some hope, activists say there is still much to be done in the fight against racism.