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this is bbc news. we have special coverage of the trial of derek chauvin for the killing of george floyd. where the jury where thejury in where the jury in the above entitled matterfind where the jury in the above entitled matter find the defendant guilty of committing murder. 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. within the past hour, president biden has given his reaction to the verdict. his biden has given his reaction to the verdict-— the verdict. his legacy will - notjust be about his death but what we must do in his memory.
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hello and welcome. the former police officer derek chauvin 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 and a pivotal moment in us race relations. a warning that you may find some of the images this report from 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
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but also the wider world. on the second day of its deliberations, thejury delivered its verdict. 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
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pandemic, went viral. police brutality, a disease america has never cured. even as the jury was 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
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of a brewing storm. for activists, this whole area has become a landmark of inequality, a haunting reminder of america's racial breach. will this guilty verdict calm the angry mood? will it bring a sense ofjustice? nick bryant, bbc news, minneapolis. george floyd's brother philonise said this trial had brought back heartbreaking memories. today, heartbreaking memories. you have cameras all around today, you have cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother. it was an emotional picture the world seeing his life being extinguished, and i could do nothing but watch, especially in their court room, over and over and over again, as my brother was murdered. times, they are getting harder every day. 10 miles away from
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here, mrwright, donte wright, here, mrwright, donte wright, he should still be here. we have to always that we have two march, we have to do this for life —— daunte wright. we have to protest because this is a never—ending cycle. reverend al always told me we've got to keep fighting. i'm going to put up keep fighting. i'm going to put up a fight every day because i am notjust fighting for george am not just fighting for george anymore, am notjust fighting for george anymore, i am fighting for everybody around this world. i get calls, i get dm's, people from brazil, from ghana, from germany, everybody, london, italy, they are all saying the same thing. we won't be able to breathe until you are able to breathe. today, we are able to breathe. today, we are able to
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breathe again. i told you, we would getjustice and we are still going to fight for you too. we're going to fight for everybody. thank you also might just for us this time because we are here and we're not anywhere and i want to thank all of the protesters, all of the attorneys who stood up, all of the activists who stepped up and many who think they aren't activists but advocates, thank you all. becausejustice activists but advocates, thank you all. because justice for george means freedom for all. us vice president, harris spoke to the american people following the verdict. today, we feel a _ following the verdict. today, we feel a sigh _ following the verdict. today, we feel a sigh of— following the verdict. today, we feel a sigh of really. - we feel a sigh of really. still, it cannot take away the pain. a measure ofjustice isn't the same as equal justice. this verdict brings us
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a step closer and the fact is, we still have work to do stop we still have work to do stop we still have work to do stop we still must reform of the system. last summer, together with senator corey booker and representative karen bass, i introduce the george floyd justice and policing act. this bill would hold law enforcement accountable and help build trust between law enforcement and our communities. this bill is part of george floyd's legacy. the president and i will continue to urge the senate to pass this legislation, not as a panacea for every problem but as a start. ,, ., , for every problem but as a start, ,, ., , ., for every problem but as a start. ,, ., , ., ., start. shortly after that, president _ start. shortly after that, president biden - start. shortly after that, president biden gave i start. shortly after that, | president biden gave his reaction to today's verdict. the guilty verdict does not bring — the guilty verdict does not bring back george. but, for the family's— bring back george. but, for the family's pain, they are finding
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purpose — family's pain, they are finding purpose so george's legacy will notjust— purpose so george's legacy will notjust be about his death but about— notjust be about his death but about what we must do in his memory _ about what we must do in his memory i_ about what we must do in his memory. i also is broke to george's— memory. i also is broke to george's young daughter again. with the — george's young daughter again. with the matter last year and i said this — with the matter last year and i said this before at his funeral, i told said this before at his funeral, itold her said this before at his funeral, i told her how brave i thought— funeral, i told her how brave i thought she was. and i knelt down — thought she was. and i knelt down and held her hand. i said, that— down and held her hand. i said, that he — down and held her hand. i said, that he is— down and held her hand. i said, that he is looking down on you, he's _ that he is looking down on you, he's so — that he is looking down on you, he's so proud. she said to me then— he's so proud. she said to me then and _ he's so proud. she said to me then and i_ he's so proud. she said to me then and i never forget it," daddy change the world". i told her this— daddy change the world". i told her this afternoon that daddy did change the world. let that be did change the world. let that he his— did change the world. let that be his legacy, a legacy of peace _ be his legacy, a legacy of peace not violence and justice. larry _ peace not violence and justice. larry is — peace not violence and justice. larry is at _ peace not violence and justice. larry is at the george floyd square in minneapolis. we have the reaction of the president and the reaction of the family of george floyd. what about the
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reaction of the people on the streets there?— reaction of the people on the streets there? there has been a collective sigh _ streets there? there has been a collective sigh of— streets there? there has been a collective sigh of relief- streets there? there has been a collective sigh of relief here - collective sigh of relief here in george floyd square. i'm standing moments away from where george floyd died and we saw tears, a surge of elation. anger but also a realisation that there is a lot more work to be done. 0ver that there is a lot more work to be done. over here, when the announcement was made, somebody shouted, guilty and then the applause spontaneously broke out. they were clapping and hugging each other. and they were celebrating that moment. so unexpected, especially with a jury returning a verdict in just 11 hours and a guilty verdict on three counts was so historic because derek chauvin becomes the first ever white policeman in the state of minnesota to be convicted for killing a black person. i minnesota to be convicted for killing a black person.- killing a black person. i don't know how — killing a black person. i don't know how mobile _ killing a black person. i don't know how mobile you - killing a black person. i don't know how mobile you are - killing a black person. i don't know how mobile you are or| killing a black person. i don't - know how mobile you are or your camera operator is but can you show us around, give us a flavour of what is happening right now? i flavour of what is happening right now?— right now? i will show you what is happening — right now? i will show you what
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is happening here. _ right now? i will show you what is happening here. there are i right now? i will show you what is happening here. there are a | is happening here. there are a couple of speeches happening here and we have been hearing them essentially since the announcement came out. they have been people who have organised this base. they say george floyd square is a place for community, a place for public grief and a place for protest. the people who are allowed in here are supposed to respect that, listen to their feelings, and listen to the black pain and trauma on display here. over there you see cup foods, this is where the entire saga began where george floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill. 0n the other side is the gas station and some of the security footage from the speedway gas station has become the centre of the activism around the case of george floyd. not sure if you can see butjustice floyd. not sure if you can see but justice for floyd. not sure if you can see butjustice for george floyd. 0n the board, you would usually see gas prices. they have been counting down the days of the trial, they 13, ia. today, they put a new notice, justice
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served?. and that? is important because in the eyes of the activists here, they are saying that lots more needs to be done to dismantle systemic racism. an activist told us that this warrior like training police get to deal with the community and it's like dealing with an enemy and this needs to stop. this verdict does not change that. is this verdict does not change that. , . , this verdict does not change that. , ., , ., ., that. is really fascinating to see what — that. is really fascinating to see what is _ that. is really fascinating to see what is happening - that. is really fascinating to| see what is happening there that. is really fascinating to - see what is happening there and also some of the kind of questions that are now being asked about what exactly does happen next. you mentioned there, changing the culture, changing the attitudes of policing. what is the level of confidence here that that does mark a significant change? it mark a significant change? it is a step in the right direction, i have heard here. the activist who set up this space to close down the street so this place where george floyd died can become a memorial says that they have 2a demands for the minneapolis
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police department and the state of minnesota. this is the 2a. there are 23 others but all across america, people are saying, the reaction to this trial and the verdict here that there is a lot more than needs to be done. for instance, if a police officer is convicted of crime in one jurisdiction police officer is convicted of crime in onejurisdiction or if they are in a different police department, they can move to a different state and get hired again. there is no national register. there is a law called qualified immunity which gives policeman wide latitude for misconduct on thejob policeman wide latitude for misconduct on the job so if they kill someone bill or essentially protects them. further as the unofficial blue wall of silence. law enforcement people police, protect each other. they never testify against each other exceptin testify against each other except in this case where the minneapolis police chief and many in his department testified directly against derek chauvin.- testified directly against derek chauvin. . ., ~ ., derek chauvin. can we take a ste - , derek chauvin. can we take a ste, i derek chauvin. can we take a step. t supp°5e _ derek chauvin. can we take a step, i suppose a _ derek chauvin. can we take a step, i suppose a step - derek chauvin. can we take a step, i suppose a step out. derek chauvin. can we take a l step, i suppose a step out and a look at a wider perspective here because this is notjust about the minutia of policing or even the manager of what
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happened in this particular case. this is a court case that has caught the attention of people right around the world for what it represents. it is for what it represents. it is significant _ for what it represents. it is significant. i— for what it represents. it is significant. i apologise, . for what it represents. it is significant. i apologise, i l significant. iapologise, i didn't hear the last bit of your questionnaire. but looking at the big picture. the death of george floyd began a national reckoning with race here in north america and in many parts of the world. it began with a video shot by a 17—year—old girl who testified in court and told the court that sometimes he stays up at night apologising to george floyd for not having done more to help him. even though that video is the basis and genesis for this guilty conviction here. she also changed the world. today, to hear president biden say that systemic racism, because president trump would never have said those words, even thatis have said those words, even that is a step that is extraordinary in this america and how much is changing for president biden to be standing next to the first black president, vice president of united states.—
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president, vice president of united states. thank you for talkin: united states. thank you for talking to — united states. thank you for talking to us _ united states. thank you for talking to us through - united states. thank you for talking to us through the - talking to us through the there. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we will have plenty more reaction to the trial on bbc news. the stars and stripes at half—mast outside columbine high. the school sealed off, the bodies of the dead still inside. i never thought that they would actually go through with it. choir singing one of the most successful singer—song writers of all time, the american pop star prince has died at the age of 57. i was — it's hard to believe it. i didn't believe it. we just — he was just here saturday. for millions of americans, j the death of richard nixon in a new york hospital has i meant conflicting emotions. a national day of mourning next wednesday, sitting somehow. uneasily with the abiding i memories of the shame of
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watergate. and lift off of the space shuttle discovery with the hubble space telescope, our window on the universe. this is bbc news. the former police officer derek chauvin is found guilty of two counts of murder and one of his manslaughter of george floyd, the african—american man he violently arrested last may. mr floyd's supporters welcomed the verdict outside the court in minneapolis. well, this is what minnesota attorney general keith ellison had to say after this it was announced. since the investigation and prosecution of this case last may happened, everyone has
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pursued one goal, justice. we pursued one goal, justice. we pursue justice wherever it led. when i became the lead prosecutor for the case, i asked for time and patience to review the fact. gather evidence, and prosecute for the murder of george floyd to the fullest extent the law allowed. i want to thank the community or giving us that time and allowing us to do our work. that long, hard, painstaking work has culminated today. i would not call today's verdict justice, however, because justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. but it is accountability. which is the first step towards justice. and now the cause ofjustice is in your hands, and when i say your hands, i mean the hands of the people of the united states. george floyd mattered. he was loved by his family and his friends. his death shocked the conscience of our community,
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our country, the whole world. he was loved by his family and friends. but that isn't why he mattered. he mattered because he was a human being. and there is no way we can turn away from that reality. the people who stopped and raised their voices on may 20 2020 were a bouquet of humanity, a phrase i stole from my friend, jerry blackwell. a bouquet of humanity, all young men and women, black and white, a man from the neighbourhood just walking to get a drink. a child going to buy snack with her cousin, and off—duty firefighter on her way to a community garden, brave young women, teenagers who press record on their cellphones. why
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did they stop? they didn't know george floyd. they didn't know we had a beautifulfamily. they didn't know we had been ——he had been a great lead or he was a proud father or had people in his life he loved him. they stopped and raised their voices and they even challenge their authority because they saw his humanity, they stopped and they raise their voices because they knew that what they were saying was wrong. if clayton tyler is a member of the minnesota black lawyers association.— the minnesota black lawyers association. welcome to the programme _ association. welcome to the programme it _ association. welcome to the programme. it is _ association. welcome to the programme. it is an - association. welcome to the programme. it is an historic| programme. it is an historic day in so many ways and i want to ask your reflection on that verdict. i to ask your reflection on that verdict. ~ ., , ., verdict. i think it was an outstanding _ verdict. i think it was an outstanding verdict. - verdict. i think it was an j outstanding verdict. the verdict. i think it was an - outstanding verdict. the city has been on edge last year, based upon what they saw out there on the streets. it's so unusual that we get a video of
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police in action like this, and for us to have the video and to be able to prevent —— present the evidence in this case, we got the just outcome in the case. i got the 'ust outcome in the case. ., ., , ,., case. i want to pick up on exactly — case. i want to pick up on exactly the _ case. i want to pick up on exactly the point - exactly the point interestingly. the fact that this was filmed on a mobile phone by a bystander, a member of the public, and played such a crucial role in not only the case itself but igniting public reaction around the world. do you think this marks now a new era or police accountability because of the prevalence of smartphones on the streets right across the us? i smartphones on the streets right across the us?- right across the us? i think it's the beginning. - right across the us? i think it's the beginning. i- right across the us? i think it's the beginning. i think i it's the beginning. i think that there are a lot of things that there are a lot of things that still need to be done because every incident is not going to be recorded like this. we've got to have a change in the law so that police don't use excessive force for mere
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traffic tickets or a forged instrument. i think it is the beginning of a change. we also got to get rid of qualified immunity for police officers. if they have some skin in the game, i think they will change and start doing right. we also have to get rid of the bad police officers. they know who they are, we know who they are, in the defence attorneys know who they are. they been out there for a while, and now when they see something like this happen, i think things will change. happen, i think things will chance. �* , , change. it's interesting. i want to — change. it's interesting. i want to go _ change. it's interesting. i want to go back - change. it's interesting. i want to go back to - change. it's interesting. i i want to go back to qualified immunity. we heard from a lot of activists on the ground, lots of people talking about it. what are the chances for a change in the law?— change in the law? change is alwa s change in the law? change is always difficult. _ change in the law? change is always difficult. in _ change in the law? change is always difficult. in the - always difficult. in the legislature. but i think that right now with this verdict, we have the first good opportunity to get that law changed and we that changed, and people have
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to be accountable for what they do, i think policing will change significantly. and i got to say one more thing quick, we've got a police chief erin minneapolis who up to the plate and just really took this head—on, and did a wonderful job. he said we are not going to tolerate this type of thing in our city and i'm just proud to be a good friend of his. i don't want you to speak outside of your lane so much but i want you to just touch on if you can the wider context, may be outside the city in the state, right across the us, what you think this means all race relations, police relations with the people they serve across the us. i with the people they serve across the us.— across the us. i think for olice across the us. i think for police relations, - across the us. i think for police relations, it's - across the us. i think for police relations, it's a i police relations, it's a beginning step, like i said, or different cities to put in place laws that can make police officers more accountable. i
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think our society needed this and i'm so sad for the family of george floyd, but like his daughters said, you can achieve it. that's going to happen because most cities are going to look at themselves, do we have a bad police force, and if we do, let's get rid of the bad apples. we do, let's get rid of the bad a- les. . we do, let's get rid of the bad a.les, ., ., we do, let's get rid of the bad a--les. . ., , apples. thanks for reminding us ofthe apples. thanks for reminding us of the family — apples. thanks for reminding us of the family of _ apples. thanks for reminding us of the family of george - apples. thanks for reminding us of the family of george floyd i of the family of george floyd because as much as we are looking forward to change, at the heart of this is a family in grief. if clayton tyler, thank you for coming on the programme. let's have a look at how the death of george floyd spike movements around the world.
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when george floyd died, it wasn't just america that erupted. from auckland to iceland, from brazil to belgium, the reaction was global. why should a single man's face and his dying words appear on the bombed—out wreckage of a home in syria? i can't breathe, i can't breathe! george floyd! the virus i'm referring to is called racism. for many, it was about the police. in france, protesters recalled the death of adama traore four years earlier, a black man dying in police custody. in new zealand, maoris talked of structural racism. and in brazil, police violence — mostly against black people — brought thousands onto the streets. black lives matter, a phrase and a movement with its roots in america, now swept across more than 60 countries.
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but this was also about history and a reckoning, especially with empire. in the english city of bristol, the statue of a slave trader was torn down, dumped in the harbour. in belgium, protesters targeted king leopold ii, held responsible for the death of millions in what is now the democratic republic of congo. and with the demonstrations came a powerful gesture. taking the knee wasn't new — the american football player colin kaepernick had first used it to protest police violence in 2016. now, sports men and women around the world followed suit. 0ther faces and other names have ricocheted across the world in the age of the internet. in iran, the dying face of neda agha—soltan drew worldwide attention to demands for democracy. and when a tunisian street vendor, mohamed bouazizi, set fire to himself, he lit a spark that raged across the arab world.
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but america is different, not perhaps the beacon of old but still a bellwether and a mirror. its conflicts, prejudices and crises echo around the world. paul adams, bbc news. a quick summary of the major breaking news we're covering. special coverage on bbc news, the former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin has been convicted of the murder of george floyd, the african—american man whose death sparked worldwide protests against racism. after a 3— week trial, the jury found him guilty of three counts of murder and manslaughter, was taken away in handcuffs and will be sentenced at a later date and could face up to a0 years in prison. the floyd family have welcomed the verdict as an historic moment
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in one of george floyd's brothers said he would continue to fight every day for all victims of racial injustice. this is bbc news. hello. the weather is not expected to change very much over the next few days. the kind of weather where strong spring sunshine can make it feel quite warm by day, but at night, clear skies can still allow it to get cold and frosty. but it will remain mostly dry through the rest of the week. now, on the earlier satellite image, you can see this stripe of cloud here. this is a weakening weather front, not much rain left on it, but certainly more in the way of cloud as this sinks down across england and wales through the first part of wednesday. also some mist and murk, and low cloud lapping onto some southern coasts of england. so a bit of a grey start for parts of england and wales, even with the odd spot of rain, but it will brighten up with some sunny spells into the afternoon. scotland and northern
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ireland having a sunny but chilly start, and keeping hold of some sunshine through the day. just more in the way of cloud and maybe the odd shower getting into shetland. quite a breezy day for many, and where you're exposed to that breeze along the east coast, temperatures may only get to 8—10 celsius. highest temperatures likely to be across the far southwest at 16—17 celsius, but here, there could just be the odd afternoon shower. any showers will fade through the evening, and through the night into the early hours of thursday, you can see long, clear spells across the country, allowing it to get cold. where you see the blue colours on the map, that's where we expect temperatures below freezing, but quite widely there'll be a touch of frost to take us into thursday morning. but for the end of the week, high pressure really will assert its influence right on top of the british isles. but just around the southern flank of that high, we will have some quite brisk winds blowing across the channel islands, the south—west of england, also affecting some southern and eastern coasts. but as you can see, largely cloud—free skies to start thursday, i think we'll see a bit of patchy cloud bubbling up through the day, but generally speaking, quite a lot of sunshine. highest temperatures in the west at 15—17 celsius, but for eastern and also southern coasts, actually, particularly
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where we have that breeze in the south, it's going to feel on the chilly side. still quite windy down towards the south and the southwest on friday. a bit of cloud across scotland maybe squeezing out the odd spot of rain, but elsewhere it's dry with long spells of sunshine. a bit warmer by this stage, 17—18 celsius in some western areas. and, as we head into the weekend, it stays largely dry, more of that strong sunshine by day but still the chance of some frosty nights.
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this is bbc news.
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i'm lewis vaughanjones with special coverage of the trial of derek chauvin for the murder 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 the former minneapolis police officer killed george floyd last year by kneeling on his neck — he could face up to a0 years injail. mr floyd's supporters welcome the verdict outside the court. within the past hour president biden has give his reaction to the killing. his legacy will not just be about his death but what we must do in his memory.

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