Former policeman Derek Chauvin has been convicted in the murder of black civilian George Floyd. Reactions are coming to this from leaders around the world, including the US.
A US court has convicted former policeman Derek Chauvin in the murder of a black citizen George Floyd. President Joe Biden has called the court’s decision a major step towards justice in America. At the time of the arrest of 46-year-old Black Floyd in May last year, Chauvin laid his knees on his neck for nine minutes, which resulted in his death from suffocation.
The video of this entire incident went viral. After this, there were demonstrations around the world, including the US, about apartheid. The 12-member jury found 45-year-old Chauvin guilty of all three counts of murder. For this, testimony was taken from 45 eyewitnesses for three weeks. During the testimony, many people also became emotional in the court. Even the Minneapolis police chief testified against Chauvin. For the time being, Chauvin has been found guilty and reactions are coming from the leaders of the world including America.
Racism a blemish on America’s soul: Biden
On the court’s decision, President Joe Biden said, “It was a murder in broad daylight and it opened the eyes of the whole world.” Systemic racism is like a speck on the soul of our country. He said that the kind of demonstrations that took place in America after Floyd’s assassination were seen for the first time after the demonstrations during the Civil Rights Movement. It worked to unite people of different races. Biden told Floyd’s family, “Nothing can bring his brother and father back”. But this is a big step in the march towards justice in America.
One step closer to getting justice: Kamala Harris
US Vice President Kamala Harris also reacted to the court’s decision. He urged American lawmakers to pass the ‘George Floyd Justice in Policing Act’. Harris said, the scale of justice is not the same as getting justice. This decision has brought us one step closer in that direction. Let me tell you that Kamala Harris is the first black and Asian Vice President of America.
Real justice demands more than this: Barack Obama
Former President Barack Obama said, Today, the jury has done a very good job. But real justice demands more than this. Michelle and I offer solace to the Floyd family. We stand with all those people, who are committed to providing complete justice to every American. This justice ceased to meet George and many others like him.
Holding Floyd’s killer accountable fulfills community demand: Hillary Clinton
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, George Floyd’s family and community were demanding that his killer be held accountable. Today, George Floyd’s killer is held accountable.
Jury convicted Chauvin took the right decision: Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton said, the jury made the right decision by blaming Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s murder. His tragic death and the evidence presented during the trial made it clear that we need to recruit people who serve our community, train them and do more work in law enforcement. Failing in this direction is a plague for America and we have seen it in recent times.
I welcome the verdict: Boris Johnson
On blaming UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Chauvin, he said that I was surprised at the death of George Floyd and now welcome this decision. My consolation is with George Floyd’s family and their friends.
Will work to remove anti-black sentiments: Trudeau
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Today we saw the blame for the murder of George Floyd in America.” But there is no doubt that systemic racism and anti-black sentiments are present within the society. And they are also present in Canada. We should work in this direction and we will.
Hope family gets relief from decision: Zuckerberg
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said about the court’s decision, “Right now I am thinking of George Floyd, his family and the people who know him.” I hope that after this decision, they will get a little rest and everyone can feel connected to this decision. We stand firmly with all the people. We know that it is a big part against racism and injustice.
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