Barack Obama On Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin's Conviction: True Justice Is About Much More Than A Single Verdict
Hour after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the murder trial of African-American George Floyd, former US President Barack Obama said the jury did the right thing but true justice requires much more.
The 12 jurors on Tuesday found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd''s death in May 2020, CNN reported.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said, "eight weeks from now we will have sentencing."
The former police officer was charged with killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, which was captured on video footage in May 2020 and triggered nationwide demonstrations for racial justice.
Issuing a statement on Twitter, Mr Obama said, "For almost a year, George Floyd's death under the knee of a police officer has reverberated around the world inspiring murals and marches, sparking conversations in living rooms and new legislation. But a more basic question has always remained: would justice be done?"