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tv   Washington Journal Reaction to Derek Chauvins Conviction Pt 1  CSPAN  April 21, 2021 10:10am-10:29am EDT

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a probe into policing practices in minneapolis after george floyd's death. a reminder that coming up this morning at the u.s. capitol, there will be a memorial service for southeast florida congressman alcee h.s.a..ings who -- hastings who passed away earlier this month. we'll have that live for you starting at 10:30 eastern on c-span. also, the u.s. house gaveling at noon eastern today. they are expected to work on two immigration bills. live house coverage here on c-span. while we wait for the memorial service for congressman alcee hastings, a portion of "washington journal." twitter, k at facebook.com/c-span. good morning. you can call in now. throughout the trial of the video of the nine minutes and 20 nine seconds that derek chauvin kneeled on the neck of george floyd was considered to be the star witness in the case. in the end it took the minneapolis district court judge peter cahill one minute and 20 seconds to read the verdict of the jury. [video clip] members of the jury i will read
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the verdict as they will appear in the permanent record of the state of minnesota, district court, court to judicial district, verdict, count one, court file number 27 cr 201-2646. we the jury in the above entitled manner as to count one unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony find the defendant guilty. at 1:44 p.m.. signed jury four-person person juror number 19. the same caption, verdict count two, we the during the above entitled manner in count two third-degree murder perpetrating an imminently dangerous act find the defendant guilty. signed by jury for person juror number 19. same caption, verdict count
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three, we the jury in the above entitled manner as to count three second degree manslaughter culpable negligence creating an unreasonable risk line the defendant guilty, the verdict agree to the 20th day of april 2021 at 1:45 p.m., jury for person 019. host: that was the scene yesterday afternoon after 5:00 p.m. eastern. here are the headlines this morning from some of the national papers starting with "usa today." the headline "guilty of murder." the front page of "the washington post," the subtitle is tears and jubilation outside the courtroom. a rare rebuke of police violence in the united states. the front page of "the wall street journal" their stubhub -- sub headline, facing 40 years in the case that cited unrest. taking your phone calls throughout this morning, spending all three hours getting
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your reaction. regional lines this morning. (202) 748-8000 in the eastern or central time zones. (202) 748-8001 if you are in the mountain or pacific time zones. yesterday after the verdict was announced the minnesota attorney general offered his thoughts about the verdict's message to the country. >> i would not call today's verdict justice, because justice implies true restoration. but, it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice. now the cause of justice is in your hands. 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, our country, the whole world. he was loved by his family and friends. that is not why he mattered.
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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 25, 2020 were a bouquet of humanity, a phrase i stole from my friend jerry blackwell. a bouquet of humanity. old, young, men, and women. black-and-white. -- black and white. a man from the neighborhood walking to get a drink. a child going to buy a snack with their cousin. an off-duty firefighter on their way to a community garden. brave young women, teenagers who press record on their cell phones. why did they stop? they did not know george floyd. they didn't know he had a beautiful family. they didn't know he had been a
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great athlete. they didn't know he was a proud father or he had people in his life who loved him. they stopped and raised their voices, and they even challenged authority because they saw his humanity. they stopped and they raised their voices because they knew what they were seeing was wrong. they didn't need to be medical professionals or experts in the use of force. they knew it was wrong. they were right. these community members, this bouquet of humanity, did it again in this trial. they performed simple yet profound acts of courage. they told the truth, and they told the whole world the truth about what they saw. they were vindicated by the chief of police, by the minneapolis's longest serving police officer, and by many other police officers who stepped up and testified into
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what they saw and what they knew . what happened on that street was wrong. host: the minnesota attorney general yesterday. more reaction from minnesota's congressional delegation yesterday on twitter. a democratic senator tweeting, "convicting derek chauvin for the murder of george floyd is a moment of accountability and a moment to recommit ourselves to the movement for racial justice this tragic murder sparked." saying millions of people took to the street because we cannot look away from the reality of george floyd's murder in new change had to come. we need to rethink public safety so black and brown people and all people feel safe and protected in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities. this is the work ahead of all of us. and from a republican saying, for the past 12 weeks 12 of our minnesotans listened to the evidence presented by the prosecution and defense. i think our jurors for their
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service. it is my greatest hope we find the strength to unify our communities and move forward together. our nation's leaders especially have an obligation to turn down the temperature and reject rhetoric that may incite violence. peace, compassion, constructive dialogue is the only path forward. those are two of minnesota's congressional delegation. we will show you more throughout the program from minnesota and around the country and here on capitol hill. mostly we want to hear your reaction to the conviction of derek chauvin yesterday by that minneapolis jury. first in virginia beach, virginia. good morning, sir. caller: good morning, how are you doing? host: i am doing well. caller: i want to say one thing real quick. i know i don't have much time. i'm a 65-year-old african-american man and my son is 25 years old. he had gotten very angry about this situation with mr. floyd.
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i had been trying to convince him that the process worked and things will work out. i had been afraid he would go out and do something to the police. i don't want him to be hurt. i basically would tell him that if it had to have and i would rather something happened to me. it is such a relief that this verdict has come about. i'm hoping and praying there is dialogue between the police and the black community where we don't have to be in fear of them and they don't have to be in fear of us. host: what was your first conversation with your son like after the verdict was announced? caller: i actually called the police department and i tried to schedule an appointment for my son and i to talk to the police, because he had so much anger seeing black people being murdered by the police and the white racist republicans backing this narrative that if he did not move a certain way or if he
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didn't comply you deserve what you got. i had dialogue with the police over the phone. my son and i are scheduled to go talk to the police. i'm trying to get him to understand and realize that police are human just like we are. there are good police and bad police. the problem is in the political spectrum you have these republicans saying the police, you know, if he would have complied, whatever, whatever. it doesn't make sense to me. your eyes didn't lie to me and your eyes did not lie when you saw the video and that man being killed in nine minutes and 25 seconds. i hope my son and all young african-americans, white americans, all americans see there is justice in our system, it just takes time to work. host: this is steve out of illinois. good morning. caller: good morning. i am 52, and i am caucasian.
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i got pulled over about three months ago. my license plate sticker was outdated. i had the sticker in my car, i had the insurance be of the cop gave me a ticket because i was speeding. i took the ticket and was on my way. when i went to college our society has to have laws, they have to be followed. that is what our sociology book said. all you have to do is follow the law, it is that simple. i have to say -- host: do you think that the law and justice system worked out here? caller: yeah, yeah, it did. it absolutely did. i think the police officer was absolutely wrong.
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i have to say, there was a shooting about a 13-year-old boy in chicago. i want to know why the mother wasn't charged. why give a glock to a 13-year-old at 10:30 or 11:30 at night? i have lived in those neighborhoods in chicago. i moved out. i actually moved out of my house because two youths opened up my living room window and pointed a gun at me. host: that is steve in illinois. jason out of montgomery, alabama. you are next. caller: good morning. i agree with the very first caller. i think justice was served. i think officers need time to get things as well. with that said, i think it is a sad state when we have a video showing george floyd being
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killed and there was any doubt about what happened or what the outcome was going to be. because many people were holding their breath waiting to see if in fact the legal system would hold him to account. i think that is a bigger story. i think we need to be thankful it did work, but we really need to think hard and long about how policemen are consistently protected because they are policemen, and how they are given a pass to treat regular citizens in an unlawful way. that is the bigger conversation. until we have that conversation it seems things will keep happening. it doesn't matter about race. the optics of it were horrible and i think race is part of that, but regardless if it is black, or
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president biden: it was a murder in full light of day and lift the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. the systemic racism is a stain on our nation's soul. the knee on the neck of justice for black americans, profound fear and trauma, the pain, exhaustion that black and brown americans experience every single day. the murder of george floyd launched the summer of protest we hadn't seen since the civil rights era in the 1960's, protests that unified people of every race and generation and with peace and with purpose to say enough. enough. enough of the senseless killing. today, today's verdict is a step forward.
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i just spoke to the governor of minnesota. i also spoke with george floyd's family, again. remarkable family of extraordinary courage. nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back, but this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in america. host: president biden yesterday evening from the white house. portland, oregon. good morning. caller: good morning. i'm so happy that this verdict came down. it's about time. i know police have a really tough job, but nobody has the right to put their knee on somebody's neck and choke them to death. i mean, that's just common sense. if you're going to put your knee
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on somebody's neck for nine minutes, i mean, what do you think's going to happen? host: the knee on the neck, the subject -- the focus points of the political cartoon this morning in "the washington post" by ann. there's the officer with his knee on the neck. and justice there leaning in with a cell phone camera watching. albuquerque, you're next, good morning. caller: yes, thanks for having me. it's a sad situation all the way around. i'm just hoping george floyd's family was truly there for him when he needed them other than his attorney getting up there saying he was the greatest guy on the planet around all that because they have that big settlement that's going to effect all those taxpayers and everybody up there whether right, wrong, or in different, i don't know.
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i've been doubt and out. i was in two branches in the military and retired from the military. and i've seen down and out a little bit. i had a good family that was there for me. i was hope truly family members look out for people when they're going downhill and getting in trouble and whatever mr. floyd was up to before that. it didn't sound too good. host: that's ray in albuquerque. the city of minneapolis announcing back on march 12 about two weeks before jury selection for the trial began that it had reached a city record $27 million settlement in the civil lawsuit filed by the floyd family in the death of george floyd. yesterday, after derek chauvin convicted on all three charges, including second-degree murder charges, including those to speak, his brother. >> i feel relieved today that i finally have the opportunity to
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hopefully getting some sleep. a lot of days that i pray and i hope and i was speaking everything into existence. i said i have faith that he will be convicted. [applause] it's been a long journey, and it's been less than a year. >> live pictures from statuary hall in the u.s. capitol this morning where members of congress are gathering to attend a memorial service for southeast florida congressman alcee hastings. he passed away earlier this month after a battle with pancreatic cancer. nancy pelosi and joyce beatty hosting this memorial service. live coverage here on c-span.

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