Crowds were seen cheering and crying outside the court house where former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges in the killing of George Floyd.
A jury today found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after deliberating for around 10 hours.
People gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center and in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon anxiously waiting for the verdict.
As all three guilty counts were read out on camera, crowds erupted into applause, as people stared cheering and jumping up and down.
Many sobbed, clapped and chanted Mr Floyd’s name with their fists in the air as they took in the news.
Placards saying ‘justice’ and showing the father’s face were waved through crowds, while many tightly hugged one another.
Chauvin, who was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes until he went unconscious, faces up to 40 years in prison and is set to be sentenced in the coming weeks.
However, he will likely receive less time as the presumptive sentence in Minnesota for second-degree murder – the most serious charge against him – is 12.5 years.
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