Photos: Relief, joy in the US as ex-cop is convicted in George Floyd murder

  • Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on April 20 of murdering George Floyd, a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement's treatment of Black Americans. In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran of the police force, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020. Chauvin and three fellow officers were attempting to arrest Floyd, accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a grocery store.
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Local residents Mileesha Smith, Michael Wilson and Alfonzo Williams embrace after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 20.(Adrees Latif / REUTERS)

Local residents Mileesha Smith, Michael Wilson and Alfonzo Williams embrace after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 20.(Adrees Latif / REUTERS)

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A person reacts after the verdict in the death of George Floyd, in front of Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis on April 20. A 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts.(Carlos Barria / REUTERS)

A person reacts after the verdict in the death of George Floyd, in front of Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis on April 20. A 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts.(Carlos Barria / REUTERS)

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin reacts while listening to a jury that found him guilty of all charges in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on April 20.(REUTERS)

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin reacts while listening to a jury that found him guilty of all charges in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on April 20.(REUTERS)

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Derek Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty of all charges in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on April 20. Deliberations in the conviction began on April 19 and lasted just over 10 hours.(REUTERS)

Derek Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty of all charges in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on April 20. Deliberations in the conviction began on April 19 and lasted just over 10 hours.(REUTERS)

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Philonise Floyd (L), Attorney Ben Crump (C) and Reverend Al Sharpton (R) react following the verdict in Minneapolis on April 20. George Floyd's brother Philonise, speaking at a news conference with several family members, said: "We are able to breathe again" after the verdict, but he added the fight for justice was not over.(Kerem Yucel / AFP)

Philonise Floyd (L), Attorney Ben Crump (C) and Reverend Al Sharpton (R) react following the verdict in Minneapolis on April 20. George Floyd's brother Philonise, speaking at a news conference with several family members, said: "We are able to breathe again" after the verdict, but he added the fight for justice was not over.(Kerem Yucel / AFP)

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People react after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on April 20.(Octavio Jones / REUTERS)

People react after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on April 20.(Octavio Jones / REUTERS)

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People hugging each other after learning of the verdict in the George Floyd trial, in front of Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis on April 20. Crowds across America reacted with jubilation but also with deep awareness of the progress left to be made.(Carlos Barria / REUTERS)

People hugging each other after learning of the verdict in the George Floyd trial, in front of Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis on April 20. Crowds across America reacted with jubilation but also with deep awareness of the progress left to be made.(Carlos Barria / REUTERS)

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A person places flowers at the George Floyd Square after the announcement of the verdict in Minneapolis on April 20. At George Floyd Square, the intersection where Floyd was killed and which was later named in his honor, people screamed, applauded and some threw dollar bills in the air in celebration.(Octavio Jones / REUTERS)

A person places flowers at the George Floyd Square after the announcement of the verdict in Minneapolis on April 20. At George Floyd Square, the intersection where Floyd was killed and which was later named in his honor, people screamed, applauded and some threw dollar bills in the air in celebration.(Octavio Jones / REUTERS)

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Hannah Gebresilassie (L) and Qri Montague (R) embrace before joining other people marching through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, Georgia(Megan Varner / Getty Images / AFP)

Hannah Gebresilassie (L) and Qri Montague (R) embrace before joining other people marching through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, Georgia(Megan Varner / Getty Images / AFP)

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Vice President Kamala Harris (L) listens as US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the guilty verdict against former policeman Derek Chauvin at the White House in Washington, DC on April 20. In his comments, Biden emphasized his support for legislation "to root out unconstitutional policing," including the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which seeks to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Vice President Kamala Harris (L) listens as US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the guilty verdict against former policeman Derek Chauvin at the White House in Washington, DC on April 20. In his comments, Biden emphasized his support for legislation "to root out unconstitutional policing," including the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which seeks to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

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George Floyd's cousin's daughter Tedra McGee (C) poses with members of The Original Black Panthers of Minnesota after a press conference following the verdict in the trial in Minneapolis on April 20. In a trial that opened on March 29, the defense argued that Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would have under those circumstances, and sought to raise doubts about the cause of Floyd's death.(Kerem Yucel / AFP)

George Floyd's cousin's daughter Tedra McGee (C) poses with members of The Original Black Panthers of Minnesota after a press conference following the verdict in the trial in Minneapolis on April 20. In a trial that opened on March 29, the defense argued that Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would have under those circumstances, and sought to raise doubts about the cause of Floyd's death.(Kerem Yucel / AFP)

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People raise their fists and hold a portrait of George Floyd during a rally following the guilty verdict the trial of Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Elijah Nouvelage / AFP)

People raise their fists and hold a portrait of George Floyd during a rally following the guilty verdict the trial of Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Elijah Nouvelage / AFP)

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