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still the cause of socialjustice still needs to be pushed forward in america. you are watching special coverage of the of chauvin. this is bbc news, with special coverage of the trial of derek chauvin for the killing of george floyd. we the jury, in the above entitled matter, as to count one, unintentional second—degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty. a jury decides he acted illegally when arresting george floyd in may of last year — he could face up to a0 years injail. mr floyd's supporters welcome the verdict outside the court. the question now — will the jailing of george floyd's killer change america's approach to policing and race relations?
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. we are following the case of the former police officer derek chauvin, who has been found guilty of two charges of murder and one of manslaughter in the death of george floyd, the african—american man he violently arrested last may. the historic outcome at a court in minneapolis comes after a three—week trial seen a landmark test of police accountability here and a pivotal moment in us race relations. a warning that you may find some of the images this report from our north america correspondent nick bryant upsetting. history turns on these kind of moments. and in the trial of derek chauvin, it wasn't just america yearning to know the outcome but also the wider world. on the second day of its deliberations, thejury delivered its verdict.
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verdict, count one. we the jury, in the above entitled matter, as to count one, unintentional second—degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty. verdict, count two. we the jury, in the above entitled matter, as to count two, third—degree murder, perpetrating an eminently dangerous attack, find the defendant guilty. verdict, count three. we the jury, in the above entitled matter, as to count three, second—degree manslaughter, culpable negligence creating an unreasonable risk, find the defendant guilty. i can't breathe! the most emotive evidence presented during the trial was the video of george floyd's killing... ..pictures that showed the brutality of the white police officer, sound that revealed how george floyd uttered the words "i can't breathe" almost 30 times... i cannot breathe. ..shocking video that, in the midst of a global pandemic, went viral. police brutality — a disease america has never cured. even as the jury was
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considering its verdict, protesters congregated outside the court. not since the trial of oj simpson has a verdict been the focus of such concentration and concern. and it even brought about an extraordinary presidential intervention, joe biden describing how he'd telephoned the floyd family last night. they're a good family, and they're calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is. i'm praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is... i think it's overwhelming in my view. minneapolis looks like a garrison town. the boots of 3,000 members of the national guard are on the streets. cities across america are boarding up, in the knowledge this verdict will reverberate throughout the land. the spot where george floyd was killed felt early on this morning like the eye of a brewing storm. for activists, this whole area has become a landmark of inequality, a haunting reminder
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of america's racial breach. will this guilty verdict calm the angry mood? will it bring a sense ofjustice? nick bryant, bbc news, minneapolis. maybe not justice, but accountability maybe notjustice, but accountability at least in this case. the bbc�*s larry madowo is at george floyd square in minneapolis and joins me now for more. larry, if it had not been for the courage of a 17—year—old girl who filmed what happened to george floyd, we may not be at this moment and the people in that square behind you may not be at least celebrating this one victory in this trial. it really was that video that made such an impact, wasn't it?— an impact, wasn't it? absolutely. that video _ an impact, wasn't it? absolutely. that video i _ an impact, wasn't it? absolutely. that video i think _ an impact, wasn't it? absolutely. that video i think brought - an impact, wasn't it? absolutely. that video i think brought this - an impact, wasn't it? absolutely. i that video i think brought this case to the national and international attention. he led to the outrage, and lead to a summary of protests,
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alleged with national reckoning with race and it led to a guilty verdict, a historic first for the state of minnesota. a white policeman found guilty of three charges, including two of murder, of a black person, this has never happened before. president biden and vice president harris have spoken to the floyd family. was invited told them this is a first genuine shot at doing with systemic racism. —— president biden... with systemic racism. -- president biden... , . , with systemic racism. -- president biden... , ., , �* with systemic racism. -- president biden... , . , �* . biden... sorry, larry, i'm which interw— biden... sorry, larry, i'm which interrupt you. _ biden... sorry, larry, i'm which interrupt you, we're _ biden... sorry, larry, i'm which interrupt you, we're going - biden... sorry, larry, i'm which interrupt you, we're going to i biden... sorry, larry, i'm whichj interrupt you, we're going to go biden... sorry, larry, i'm which i interrupt you, we're going to go to the courthouse, there is the family of george floyd, the lawyer and the reverend al sharpton, civil rights leader. ihis reverend al sharpton, civil rights leader. , ., , reverend al sharpton, civil rights leader. , . , , leader. his family has stood toaether leader. his family has stood together for _ leader. his family has stood together for the _ leader. his family has stood together for the last - leader. his family has stood together for the last 11 - leader. his family has stood - together for the last 11 months, watching this video go over and over and over again. this family stood with pain, suffering, and not
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knowing what the future held, because so many families went and got nothing. they thanks god when they got the indictment, which would not have happened had not the attorney general, keith ellison, took this case... attorney general, keith ellison, took this case. . .— took this case... applause and keith _ took this case... applause and keith ellison _ took this case... applause and keith ellison thought i took this case... applause | and keith ellison thought and took this case... applause - and keith ellison thought and put together a team that made this possible, and this is the first time in the history of this state that a white police officer has been convicted, let alone convicted of a murder. this is the first time in a long array of sites that we have seen three counts, guilty and all three. we do not find pleasure in this coastal we do not celebrate a man going to jail. we would have rather george be alive. but we
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celebrate that we, because young people, white and black, many that are here tonight, marched and kept marching and kept going, many of them looked down on, but they kept marching and would not let this die. and this is an assurance to them that if we don't give up, that we can win some rounds, but the war in the fight is not over. just two days from now, we are going to have to deal with the funeral of daunte wright, in this same county, this same area. we still have cases to fight, but this gives us the energy to fight on, and we are determined that we are going to fight until we get federal law, the george floyd justice in policing act must be law. we want to thank all that were
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involved, especially the attorney general and the governor and others. we want to thank president biden, who, the first and he came out of his house during the campaign, he flew to houston and met with the family and attorney and i, and he sat there, and i will never forget, he said to george's daughter, i heard you say your father, he is going to change the world. we can now tell george's daughter, she was right. herfather has begun to change the world for real. but before we do anything, we first want to pray and thank god, because somehow, god made a way. we believe in a god that can even get through the cracks of the jury room and bring conscience and bring truth,
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and thatjury, we want to thank them for letting god give them the strength, wherever they are tonight, we want them to know we broke down in tears when we heard the verdict. we had to hold each other and hug in tears because too many nights, we have cried, many of us for decades, spent nights injail, but today have cried, many of us for decades, spent nights in jail, but today we can white our tears away and fight for another day. there is sunlight. we're going to keep on going. until we bring it for the derek orders and breonna taylor, whose boyfriend is here tonight, kenny walker, deshawn bell, so many who did not get the snake —— eric garner. let us pray. let us lock arms and pray, like we can folk. �* , can folk. laughter come on. _
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can folk. laughter come on. you - can folk. laughter come on. you and l can folk. laughter - come on. you and rodney can folk. laughter _ come on. you and rodney come up front. i come on. you and rodney come up front- i know— come on. you and rodney come up front. i know you _ come on. you and rodney come up front. i know you was _ come on. you and rodney come up front. i know you was hiding - come on. you and rodney come up front. i know you was hiding out! i front. i know you was hiding out! laughter the next attorney general there, let's pray. dear god, we thank you for giving us the strength to stand together. sometimes we would question each other, sometimes we said this isjust question each other, sometimes we said this is just good to be a waste of time, but somehow you touch us in the midnight hours and teach us to hold on, and that if we would be faithful over a few things, you would give us victory over many. we think you because we know it was not any doing of ours but your love and kindness and your tender mercy that made tonight possible. bless those that worked, that made this prosecution, something they could not deny. bless those policeman that got on the stand and testified
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against another policeman, bless the jury against another policeman, bless the jury that listens to the evidence and didn't listen to those that may criticise them for doing this. bless the prosecutor keith ellison and his staff that did theirjob, even though they did not know what the outcome would be. les ben crump in a special way, that worked tirelessly, theyjumped on planes and left his family, to make sure thatjustice was rained down —— bless ben crump. thank you for all the civil and human rights leaders that stood up, and we think you for the nameless grandmas and grandpas that would get on their knees and ask you to give us a victory this time. and, lord, as we give you the things and give you the praise, let george know that his name is going down in history. they may have put the knee on his neck, but he will now be a figure
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that we will take the knees off our next now and we give you the praise. thank you and, god, we give you the glory. these blessings, we ask in your name, amen.— your name, amen. applause the reverend _ your name, amen. applause the reverend al _ your name, amen. applause the reverend al sharpton - your name, amen. applause i the reverend al sharpton there, civil rights attorney and leader, leading a moment of prayer, and he has with him ben crump, the lawyer for the floyd family, and philonise floyd, the brother of george floyd. we expect to hear from them. we also spent to hear from we expect to hear from them. we also spent to hearfrom presidentjoe biden and the vice president kamala harris at some point this evening, let's just stay with the floyd filming and there representatives outside the courthouse in annapolis. god has a way of taking the most humble of people —— in minneapolis.
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we had an attorney general in black america that has represent of these cases with the acumen and skill of one that was raised in the south but came to claim this nation in a new direction. i bring you the attorney generalfor direction. i bring you the attorney general for black america, ben crump. general for black america, ben crum -. , crump. cheering applause - thank you, reverend al sharpton, not only for— thank you, reverend al sharpton, not only for your— thank you, reverend al sharpton, not only for your mentorship, not only for being _ only for your mentorship, not only for being a — only for your mentorship, not only for being a great civil rights leader_ for being a great civil rights leader but for being a moral authority, especially making sure no matter_ authority, especially making sure no matter what happened that we always maintain _ matter what happened that we always maintain the moral high ground, knowing — maintain the moral high ground, knowing that we were on the right side of— knowing that we were on the right side of history, as we fight for justice — side of history, as we fight for justice for— side of history, as we fight for justice for george perry floyd junior! — justice for george perry floyd junior! say his name!- justice for george perry floyd junior! say his name! george floyd!
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i am but a member— junior! say his name! george floyd! i am but a member of— junior! say his name! george floyd! i am but a member of a _ junior! say his name! george floyd! i am but a member of a great - junior! say his name! george floyd! | i am but a member of a great team, junior! say his name! george floyd! l i am but a member of a great team, a i am but a member ofa great team, a very talented — i am but a member of a great team, a very talented attorneys, and i am going _ very talented attorneys, and i am going to — very talented attorneys, and i am going to acknowledge... yeah... i want _ going to acknowledge... yeah... i want to— going to acknowledge... yeah... i want to knowledge these great group of lawyers _ want to knowledge these great group of lawyers and then the family members, two or three of the lawyers will address_ members, two or three of the lawyers will address you, and then at that time _ will address you, and then at that time we _ will address you, and then at that time we will hear from the family members — time we will hear from the family members before we take any of your questions _ members before we take any of your questions i— members before we take any of your questions. i want to acknowledge a great _ questions. i want to acknowledge a great lawyer from chicago, illinois, one of— great lawyer from chicago, illinois, one of the — great lawyer from chicago, illinois, one of the best i have ever had the chance _ one of the best i have ever had the chance to _ one of the best i have ever had the chance to work with, tony... went to recognise _ chance to work with, tony... went to recognise my— chance to work with, tony... went to recognise my partner on the front line in— recognise my partner on the front line in this — recognise my partner on the front line in this case, one of the best
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lawyers — line in this case, one of the best lawyers he _ line in this case, one of the best lawyers. he hails from atlanta, georgia — lawyers. he hails from atlanta, georgia. attorney chris stewart! his law partner, attorneyjustin miller. attorney— law partner, attorneyjustin miller. attorney madeleine simmons. a great minnesota _ attorney madeleine simmons. a great minnesota lawyers, raise your hand, jeff! who— minnesota lawyers, raise your hand, jeff! who else we got here? anybody else? _ jeff! who else we got here? anybody else? �* , else? laughter we have - else? laughter| we have attorney else? laughter - we have attorney scott else? laughter _ we have attorney scott masterson, who is — we have attorney scott masterson, who is not _ we have attorney scott masterson, who is not present, attorney don macri _ who is not present, attorney don macri said — who is not present, attorney don macri said michelle. we got michelle. —— attorney... michelle. a great— michelle. —— attorney... michelle. a great group— michelle. —— attorney... michelle. a great group of lawyers. i want to let you _ great group of lawyers. i want to let you know... we have george floyd's— let you know... we have george floyd's brothers. we have
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philonise floyd, we have rodney floyd, _ philonise floyd, we have rodney floyd, we — philonise floyd, we have rodney floyd, we have brandon williams, who is george _ floyd, we have brandon williams, who is george floyd's nephew but was more _ is george floyd's nephew but was more like — is george floyd's nephew but was more like a son to him. they call him woo— more like a son to him. they call him woo back in the third ward! we have philonise's life... new york, were _ have philonise's life... new york, were you — have philonise's life... new york, were you at? _ have philonise's life... new york, were you at? we got terrence floyd. his sisters, _ were you at? we got terrence floyd. his sisters, who are not with us, but we _ his sisters, who are not with us, but we should absolutely acknowledge, bridgett floyd, who hails from north carolina, his sisters— hails from north carolina, his sisters latonya and, who hail from houston. — sisters latonya and, who hail from houston, texas, his cousins... and we have _ houston, texas, his cousins... and we have the — houston, texas, his cousins... and we have the mother of his daughter, we have the mother of his daughter, we have _ we have the mother of his daughter, we have roxie washington and we have
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gianna! _ we have roxie washington and we have gianna! and _ we have roxie washington and we have gianna! and so i will make some briefer— gianna! and so i will make some briefer marks, and then we are good to have _ briefer marks, and then we are good to have attorney stuart... —— we are going _ to have attorney stuart... —— we are going to — to have attorney stuart... —— we are going to have — to have attorney stuart... —— we are going to have it. angela... vince. any more — going to have it. angela... vince. any more floyd family? i know it's a bil any more floyd family? i know it's a big group! _ any more floyd family? i know it's a big group! ad. the man he came to minneapolis with. i will make some brief remarks and then we were to and attorney —— we are and have attorney — and attorney —— we are and have attorney stuart makes briefer marks, then we _ attorney stuart makes briefer marks, then we are _ attorney stuart makes briefer marks, then we are going to hear from this family. _ then we are going to hear from this family, then we are going to try to leave _ family, then we are going to try to leave here — family, then we are going to try to leave here today knowing that america — leave here today knowing that america is a better country. america. _
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america is a better country. america, let's pause for a moment to proclaim _ america, let's pause for a moment to proclaim this — america, let's pause for a moment to proclaim this historical moment, not 'ust proclaim this historical moment, not just for— proclaim this historical moment, not just for the _ proclaim this historical moment, not just for the legacy of george floyd but for— just for the legacy of george floyd but for the legacy of america. the legacy— but for the legacy of america. the legacy of— but for the legacy of america. the legacy of trying to make america for all americans. legacy of trying to make america for allamericans. so legacy of trying to make america for all americans. so that george floyd's— all americans. so that george floyd's victory and america's west for equal— floyd's victory and america's west for equaljustice under the law will be intertwined as —— america's guest — be intertwined as —— america's quest. america, let's frame this moment— quest. america, let's frame this moment as _ quest. america, let's frame this moment as a moment where we finally are getting _ moment as a moment where we finally are getting close to living up to our declaration of independence, that we _ our declaration of independence, that we hold these truths to be self—evident, that all men are
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created — self—evident, that all men are created equally, that they are endowed by their creator with certain— endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that amongst — certain unalienable rights, that amongst them are life, and liberty and the _ amongst them are life, and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, where america _ and the pursuit of happiness, where america that means all of us, that means— america that means all of us, that means black people, that means hispanic— means black people, that means hispanic people, that means native people. _ hispanic people, that means native people, that means asian people, that means all of us, america, we frame _ that means all of us, america, we frame this— that means all of us, america, we frame this moment for all of us, not 'ust frame this moment for all of us, not just for— frame this moment for all of us, not just for george floyd. this is a victory— just for george floyd. this is a victory for— just for george floyd. this is a victory for those who champion humanity— victory for those who champion humanity over in humanity, those who champion— humanity over in humanity, those who championjustice over humanity over in humanity, those who champion justice over injustice, those _ champion justice over injustice, those who— champion justice over injustice, those who champion morals over immorality. america, let's lean into this moment. and let's make sure, reverent— this moment. and let's make sure, reverent al, — this moment. and let's make sure, reverent al, this moment will be
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documented for our children yet unborn, — documented for our children yet unborn, as _ they continue on the journey to justice. — they continue on the journey to justice, knowing that the blood of george _ justice, knowing that the blood of george floyd will give them a trail to find _ george floyd will give them a trail to find a _ george floyd will give them a trail to find a way to a better america, a more _ to find a way to a better america, a more just— to find a way to a better america, a more just america, a more just america — more just america, a more just america where breonna taylor gets an opportunity— america where breonna taylor gets an opportunity to sleep in peace at night _ opportunity to sleep in peace at night without the police busting in her front— night without the police busting in her front door, a more just america work— her front door, a more just america work a _ her front door, a more just america work a mod — her front door, a more just america work a mod arborist to run free and not he _ work a mod arborist to run free and not be lynched forjogging while tflack— not be lynched forjogging while black -- — not be lynched forjogging while black —— where a maht ahmaud arbery... where all these other—
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ahmaud arbery... where all these other tflack— ahmaud arbery... where all these other black men, terence crutcher, who was _ other black men, terence crutcher, who was shot in the back wall running — who was shot in the back wall running away like daunte wright was was a _ running away like daunte wright was was a week— running away like daunte wright was was a week ago, because for some reason, _ was a week ago, because for some reason, black men running away from the police _ reason, black men running away from the police is _ reason, black men running away from the police is more dangerous than young _ the police is more dangerous than young white men who commit mass murders _ young white men who commit mass murders and walk towards the police with an _ murders and walk towards the police with an assault weapon, like in kenosha, — with an assault weapon, like in kenosha, wisconsin. america, let this he _ kenosha, wisconsin. america, let this he the — kenosha, wisconsin. america, let this be the president, let this be the precedent where we live up to the precedent where we live up to the high _ the precedent where we live up to the high ideals and promises, when we say— the high ideals and promises, when we say the — the high ideals and promises, when we say the beauty and justice for all, we say the beauty and justice for all. those — we say the beauty and justice for all, those sun—kissed children are included — all, those sun—kissed children are included in — all, those sun—kissed children are included in all. those children who overcame — included in all. those children who overcame slavery, the middle passage, _ overcame slavery, the middle passage, the dred scott decision,
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plessy— passage, the dred scott decision, plessy versus ferguson, jim crow and his much— plessy versus ferguson, jim crow and his much smarter son, jim crow junior. — his much smarter son, jim crow junior, esquire, let this be the precedent _ junior, esquire, let this be the precedent where we overcome systematic racism and oppression and that we _ systematic racism and oppression and that we are _ systematic racism and oppression and that we are a better people and we will leave _ that we are a better people and we will leave our children a better world — will leave our children a better world a — will leave our children a better world. a better world for us all. at this time, — world. a better world for us all. at this time, we will hear from a great lawyer— this time, we will hear from a great lawyer because nobody does this alone _ lawyer because nobody does this alone it — lawyer because nobody does this alone it is — lawyer because nobody does this alone. it is always a team effort. and we _ alone. it is always a team effort. and we have the lawyers, the preachers, the civil rights leaders, the education leaders, the activists. let's give a big round of applause — activists. let's give a big round of applause for the activists! applause the --eole applause for the activists! applause the people who _ applause for the activists! applause
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the people who stayed _ applause for the activists! applause the people who stayed in _ applause for the activists! applause the people who stayed in the - the people who stayed in the streets, the people who came nationally, but more portly the people — nationally, but more portly the people who are here locally, who were _ people who are here locally, who were sitting for george floyd on 30th— were sitting for george floyd on 30th and — were sitting for george floyd on 30th and chicago avenue, day in and day out, _ 30th and chicago avenue, day in and day out, the — 30th and chicago avenue, day in and day out, the people who would not go home, _ day out, the people who would not go home, would not stay quiet. donald williams! _ home, would not stay quiet. donald williams! donald.— williams! donald. applause we love you. _ williams! donald. applause we love you, donald. - williams! donald. applausel we love you, donald. without williams! donald. applause - we love you, donald. without further ado, we love you, donald. without further ado. my— we love you, donald. without further ado, my brother, attorney chris stewart — ado, my brother, attorney chris stewart. and tony, you coming up next _ stewart. and tony, you coming up next. ~ . , stewart. and tony, you coming up next. . ., , ., . next. we have been watching attorneys _ next. we have been watching attorneys and _ next. we have been watching attorneys and family - next. we have been watching. attorneys and family members next. we have been watching - attorneys and family members of the floyd family there, we were just listening to ben crump, who is the
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lawyer for the floyd family. listening to ben crump, who is the lawyerfor the floyd family. he listening to ben crump, who is the lawyer for the floyd family. he was speaking and we are expecting philonise floyd, you can see in the background, philonise floyd, the brother of george floyd, to be speaking, and as soon as he does that, we will go to, back to that, and listen to philonise floyd as well. i can speak to my colleague larry madowo, who is in minneapolis, out where george floyd died, outside the food shop where he was killed on that corner. and larry, you've been listening there to the attorneys and to the attorney general, and one thing that really strikes me, something that really strikes me, something that we were talking about earlier, outside the courtroom there in minneapolis, the prosecution, the attorney general, the lawyer for the floyd family, all of them making the point that this is one case, this is accountability in the case of derek chauvin murdering george floyd, but
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this is notjustice and the fight forjustice and an anti—police brutality, butjustice more broadly for non—white people, for black people and brown people in this country, all of them saying, that has to continue, we cannot let up at this particular momentjust because of the verdict in this one case. that is correct. the fight for a just and equitable policing system for people of all races and in america is a big one, and all the statements we've seen today, from the attorney general keith ellison, the attorney general keith ellison, the reverend al sharpton sang the fight and the war is not over, from everybody even here at george boyd square, where this whole thing began, said there is more work to do, even though here, there is a collective sigh of relief, everybody is taking a deep breath right now and collecting themselves, because the city has been bracing, bracing for protests, with a huge security presence. forthe for protests, with a huge security presence. for the time being anyway, they can collect their breath and plan for that battle ahead, but
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there is that realisation that there is going to be a lot more needed in the days, in the months, in the weeks ahead, and attorney general keith edison turned up at the protests at brooklyn center, about ten, 15 minutes here, and said, do you know what i've been doing this month, prosecuting the case of george floyd, and i will make sure the death of daunte wright is not swept under the rug. because he too has the black attorney general of the state that the responsibility is especially on his shoulder. daunte wriuht, especially on his shoulder. daunte wright. the _ especially on his shoulder. daunte wright, the funeral _ especially on his shoulder. daunte wright, the funeral will _ especially on his shoulder. daunte wright, the funeral will be - especially on his shoulder. daunte wright, the funeral will be on - wright, the funeral will be on thursday. former president 0bama and michelle 0bama have put out a statement saying that wanted a's verdict may have been a necessary step, it has not been a sufficient one for so we cannot rest. talk to us, larry, let's take a whole step back, you covered the three weeks of this trial. there were 44 different witnesses for the prosecution and defence, the prosecution called many
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more witnesses than the defence did. talk about the role of the video, because it had not been, and we were just talking about this earlier and i had to interrupt you, if it not been for the video, the bravery, the courage to stand there in the face of police harassment, and carry on filming, there is little doubt, is there, that this trial may have gone very differently, if it had happened at all? . , very differently, if it had happened atall? ., . very differently, if it had happened atall? ., , . ., at all? that is correctable to the video sent _ at all? that is correctable to the video sent a _ at all? that is correctable to the video sent a powerful _ at all? that is correctable to the video sent a powerful element l at all? that is correctable to the | video sent a powerful element in this trial. it is notjust the video —— that is correct, the video was. we saw the body worn camera footage, we saw two or three, maybe four other bystanders who were here, we saw the security camera footage from the cup foods, the footage from the other side of the street, and attorneys on both sides showed clips
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to say... dr david tobin, he is the star pulmonologist, he spotted the exact moment george floyd, the life went out of him, and he calculated that after the life and out of george floyd, derek chauvin continued to neon him for another three and a half minutes, and that was powerful, because the poor reporter tells us the jury already that fact down. reporter tells us the “my already that fact down._ that fact down. that was very owerful that fact down. that was very powerful testimony, - that fact down. that was very powerful testimony, he - that fact down. that was very powerful testimony, he was i that fact down. that was very - powerful testimony, he was even watching his finger as george floyd was trying to use his fingers to get breath into his body, using whatever muscles he had left. the other key moment, i guess, apart from the video in this trial, larry, was the fact that the blue wall, the so—called blue wall, the wall by which police officers have always protected police officers in these kinds of trials, that broke in this trial. how important was that? it
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was critical, and that blue wall of silence broke spectacularly, because not only did eight numbers of the minneapolis police department testify against derek chauvin, their boss, derek chauvin's old boss, the chief of police, took the stand and he was unequivocal. he said absolutely what derek chauvin did was not consistent with his training, with the policies are with their values, and it cannot be condoned. the fact that the chief of police testified against a former officer was precedent—setting, not only in minnesota but across the us for some it really happens. that blue wall of silence is so powerful. now that you mentioned that, we got a statement from the organisation paying the legal bills of derek chauvin. this is the police officers federation of minneapolis, and they say the residents of minneapolis, we stand with you and not against you, and we look forward to working for a safer, bettertomorrow, and we look forward to working for a safer, better tomorrow, a powerful
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tool, because it feels like the entire police fraternity appended to derek chauvin except for this federation of police unions who stuck with him and paid his legal bills. ., ., , ., , bills. yeah, the unions have been so owerful bills. yeah, the unions have been so powerful in — bills. yeah, the unions have been so powerful in protecting _ bills. yeah, the unions have been so powerful in protecting police - powerful in protecting police officers, and we should redirect this is the first time the state of minnesota, in the state of minnesota, in the state of minnesota, a white police officer has been found guilty in the killing of a black person in that state, so it is a very big deal, the courts of justice continuing, but it is an important legal moment in the country for subject to list a little bit about the place you're standing in, because we are speaking to you before the verdict was announced and you could have heard a pin drop. it feels different there. from what i'm seeing by you at the moment. it does feel a lot more vibrant, absolutely. you keep hearing every once in a while... the crowd has grown, it has
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definitely doubled in just

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