Hello, I'm David Harper with the BBC News. The former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of the murder of George Floyd, an African American man whose death sparked worldwide protests against racism. After a 3-week trial, the jury found him guilty on three counts of murder and manslaughter.Crowds gathered on the spot where George Floyd died, cheered when the verdict was announced. Larry Maduro is there.We saw some tears. We saw jubilation. We saw anger, but also a realization there's a lot more work to be done.Over here, when the announcement was made, somebody shouted to the crowd "guilty", and then the applause spontaneous broke out. They were clapping. They were hugging each other. And they were celebrating that moment so unexpected, especially a jury returning a verdict in just 11 hours. And a guilty verdict on three counts was so historic because Derek Chauvin becomes the first ever white policeman in the state of Minnesota to be convicted for killing a black person.The Floyd's family have welcomed the verdict as momentous. One of George Floyd's brothers Philonise said he would continue to fight every day for all victims of racial injustice. The family's lawyer Benjamin Crump said justice for black America was justice for all of America.Let’s pause for a moment to proclaim this historical moment, not just for the legacy of George Floyd, but for the legacy of America, the legacy of trying to make America for all Americans so that George Floyd's victory and America's quest for equal justice under the law will be intertwined.
The veteran civil rights activist Al Sharpton said the verdict was a win for all those who took to the streets demanding justice. The Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who led the prosecution, said it proved Mr. Floyd's life mattered not because he was black, but because of his humanity. President Biden said the verdicts could be a giant step forward for justice in America, but he said the country was still plagued by systemic racism, which he called a stain on the nation's soul. The Vice President Kamala Harris said racial injustice was a problem for every American.It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all and it is holding our nation back from realizing our full potential.We are all a part of George Floyd's legacy, and our job now is to honor it and to honor him.Ms. Harris urged the Senate to pass the George Floyd Policing Act, which is designed to address police bias and excessive force. Live from London, you're listening to the latest world news from the BBC.