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Boris Johnson welcomed Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict and said he was “appalled” by the murder of George Floyd.
“I was appalled at the death of George Floyd and welcome this verdict. My thoughts tonight are with the family and friends of George Floyd, ”the British Prime Minister tweeted on Tuesday.
On May 25 of last year, Floyd, 46, was arrested on suspicion of using a forged $ 20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store in Minneapolis. As the police tried to put him in a police car, the man panicked and pleaded that he was claustrophobic.
The police put him on the ground instead, and a video recorded by a teenager showed that former police officer Chauvin, 45, placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for about nine and a half minutes, including for several minutes afterwards. that Floyd’s breathing had stopped and he had no pulse.
In Tuesday’s verdict, the jury found the now-fired officer, who is white, guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced in a separate hearing scheduled to take place in about two months.
Floyd’s death, roughly six months before the 2020 presidential election, made international headlines and sparked protests across the United States with people seeking justice. It was a milestone in the Black Lives Matter movement and led to protests not only in the United States but also in several other countries, including the United Kingdom.
The US administration also welcomed the verdict. Kamala Harris, who became the first woman, the first black person and the first Asian American to become Vice President of the United States in January, said, “We are all a part of George Floyd’s legacy. And now our job is to honor him – to honor him.
“Today’s verdict brings us one step closer to achieving equality of justice before the law. But the verdict will not cure the pain that has been around for generations. This will not take away the pain felt by the Floyd family. This is why we need to re-commit to fighting for equal justice, ”she tweeted.
Vice President Harris and President Joe Biden called the Floyd family after the guilty verdict.
Recounting Floyd’s words “I can’t breathe,” President Biden said, “These are George Floyd’s last words. We cannot let them die with him. We must continue to hear them. We must not turn away. We cannot turn away.
“There is significant police reform legislation in George Floyd’s name, but it shouldn’t take a year to do so. I assured the Floyd family that we will continue to fight for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act so that I can sign it immediately, ”he tweeted.