WATCH LIVE: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Speaks on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

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    (Apr. 20) Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd when he knelt on the man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, a videotaped death that ignited a summer of rage and the greatest racial reckoning in the U.S. since the 1960s.

    A jury on Tuesday convicted Chauvin of second-degree murder and lesser charges for cutting off Floyd’s air supply on May 25 as he lay handcuffed and begging for mercy. The conviction, which stood out against decades of impunity for most police excessive-force cases, could mean decades in prison for the 45-year-old. Chauvin will face sentencing in eight weeks.

    The verdict, reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation, came 11 months after graphic footage of Chauvin and Floyd went viral, shocking millions and prompting nationwide protests that spread across the globe. As the verdict was read, a crowd near the crime scene reacted with cheers and hugs.

    In a recorded phone call that the Floyd family attorney posted on Twitter, President Joe Biden told them: “Nothing is going to make it all better. But at least, God, now there’s some justice.” The world, Biden said, is going to “start to change now.”

    The death galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement, already active after years of previous killings by police and vigilantes, while attracting unprecedented support from White people who marched for weeks last summer. Floyd’s death sparked an urgent debate about the broader issue of inequality and institutionalized racism in all its forms, including in corporate America.

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