The world reacts with relief to the verdict in George Floyd’s killing

Photo: AP People cheer after a guilty verdict was announced, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 20 April 2021.

Politicians, rights activists, family members and world leaders reacted with jubilation and relief Tuesday as sacked Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died when the officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes last year, France 24 and AFP reported.

“Systematic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul ... No one should be above the law. Today’s verdict sends that message. But it’s not enough. We can’t stop here,” US President Joe Biden said during an evening address to the nation from the White House.

“GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family. This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!” said Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump.

“Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied,” said former US president Barack Obama.

 “The jury made the right decision in convicting Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd. His tragic death, and the evidence at the trial, made painfully clear that we must do much better in recruiting, training, and holding law enforcement accountable to the communities they serve. The failure to do so continues to plague America, as we have seen in recent days,” said former US president Bill Clinton.

“Right now I’m thinking of George Floyd, his family and those who knew him. I hope this verdict brings some measure of comfort to them, and to everyone who can’t help but see themselves in his story. We stand in solidarity with you, knowing that this is part of a bigger struggle against racism and injustice,” said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“I was appalled by the death of George Floyd and welcome this verdict. My thoughts tonight are with George Floyd’s family and friends,” British PM Boris Johnson said.

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