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George Floyd Verdict Returned in Minneapolis

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After fifteen days of court testimony and a jury deliberation of about ten hours, a verdict of guilty on all counts was returned against former MN police officer Derek Chauvin. ​Derek Chauvin may have been found guilty of killing George Floyd, but what does this mean for the future of policing and race relations in America? Can the verdict be changed or overturned? And where do we go from here? We speak with Susan Estrich, Attorney and LaTrice Washington, Otterbein University. We show the latest happenings on the ground in Minneapolis and New York as crowds come together to mark the verdict. SCRIPT SCRIPT SCRIPT SCRIPT NAT POPS 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe' the dying words of George Floyd, echoed around the world. His death at the hands of Officer Derek Chauvin unleashing a wave of anger across the world. All eyes turned to Minneapolis as the trial of Derek Chauvin got underway. SOT FLOYD FAMILY PRESSER Did you hear what they said? That their level of force was reasonable? Eight minutes a knee on a neck.The video says what it says. The defence had the deck stacked against them, trying to justify use of force as the infamous blue wall of silence tumbled down as Minneapolis police officers took the stand against their former colleague Derek Chauvin. Attorneys advise that in the trial of the century, the digital age threw up new challenges. Susan Estrich "the problem is going to be that every member of the jury practically has somebody they call on the phone to say goodnight and somebody they're texting with and somebody they see on facebook ." A guilty verdict returned on all three counts, for many across Minneapolis, the feeling that justice was served. nat pops cheering at cup foods/outside the courthouse But this doesn't necessarily mean the end of the road for the defence. SUSAN ESTRICH you may expect plenty of defense motions, but it's tough to win. But this case, just one against a troubling backdrop of police brutality in America, experts say, the fight will continue across racial lines. La Trice Washington, Otterbein university white individuals in our country who are sick and tired of it as well. And so I think you will continue to see the coalitions that have been built maintained. Justice for George Floyd, but whether verdict will set a precedent remains to be seen.
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