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visitors are asked to browse relatively quickly or pick up items on hold. time will be limited to 50 minutes. the main library will start browse and bounce on may 3rd. i like that. >> i like it, too. >> lester holt is next. breaking news tonight. derek chauvin, the former apoli police officer found guilty on all three minneapolis police officer, found guilty on all three counts in the murder of george floyd. just a short time ago, the jury after 11 hours of deliberations delivered its verdict. >> count one, unintentiona second-degree murder, we find the defendant guilty >> chauvin handcuffed in the courtroom and led away he was convicted after being captured kneeling on george floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds outside the courthouse, the crowd erupting in cheers
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the reaction from george floyd's family the moment caught on camera when president biden called them, and his message. what he said he was praying for before the decision that has sparked a backlash tonight, a deadly shooting in a supermarket schools placed on lockdown as police hunted for a suspect, and what authorities have now announced. the news on the johnson & johnson covid vaccine. the rollout beginning again in europe after the eu's drug for what's to regulator found the benefits outweigh the risk of blood clots. is it what's to come in the u.s. after a cdc advisory panel meets friday >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening former police officer derek chauvin walked out of a minneapolis courtroom in handcuffs this afternoon minutes after a jury convicted him on all counts in the death of george floyd. second-degree unintentional murder, guilty
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third-degree murder, guilty. second-degree manslaughter, guilty a world that witnessed video of floyd's death under the knee of that police officer today witnessing justice for mr. floyd. president biden and vice president harris calling the floyd family tonight, expressing their satisfaction with the verdict and speaking to the nation this evening as well. a day of intense emotion we want to begin our coverage now with gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: tonight, emotions are spilling into the streets of minneapolis. >> i can't belie. people cried as the verdict was read >> i can't believe it. there's poetry in the fact he couldn't breathe and it feels like we got a breath of fresh air. for the first time, it feels like we can breathe. >> a beautiful moment. >> all rise for the jury >> reporter: inside the courthouse, the dramatic conclusion to one of the most high-stakes trials in memory former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin looking on as the verdict was read late today. >> we, the jury, in the above-entitled matter, as to
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count one, unintentioned second-degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty >> reporter: guilty of second-degree murder guilty of third degree murder. and guilty of second-degree manslaughter >> i ask for time and patience to review the facts, gather evidence, and prosecute for the murder of george floyd to the fullest extent the law allowed >> reporter: after marathon closing arguments, where the prosecution argued george floyd died because of chauvin's knee on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds and the defense countered that floyd's death was due to other factors, like drug use and prior health conditions, the sequestered jury got the case late monday it was made up of five men and seven women. six jurors were white, four black, two multiracial they ranged in age from their 20s to their 60s and included a chemist, an auditor, an executive assistant, and someone who works in i.t for the floyd family, the wait had been agonizing >> i'm feeling tears of joy, so. emotional that no family in
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history has ever got this far. a guilty charge on all counts, we got a chance to go to trial we took it all the way this right here is for everyone who has been in this situation, everybody. everybody. we are here. >> reporter: late today, president biden placed this phone call >> now there's some justice. >> reporter: tonight, dere chauvin led away in handcuffs for the murder of george floyd outside the courthouse, relief >> and, gabe, outside that courthouse, people watching on their cell phones. what was the moment like when the verdict was read >> reporter: lester, it was incredible to watch. right now, there is a celebration under way right outside the courthouse during this trial, both th prosecution and the defense had insist this had case was solely about the actions of derek chauvin. but for so many people in this crowd, it was about so much more lester >> and it seemed that many were actually stunned by the verdict. >> reporter: that's right,
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lester as you said, they gathered around their cell phones some of them heard it a few seconds before others because of the feed and they started yelling around the crowd, passing along the news crowd, passing along the news. some burst into tears as the verdict was read many were surprised. this was the moment they had finally been waiting for, lester >> gabe gutierrez in minneapolis tonight, thank you reaction was immediate in minneapolis and far beyond nbc's ron allen is following that for us. ron, what are you seeing >> reporter: lester, we're at george floyd square, the epicenter of all this. there is just relief, people are exhaling the mood is kind of subdued, but people are satisfied and people, in some ways, are just trying to process all of this and understand what happened all the people said this is what was supposed to happen they called it history a little girl i was talking to said this is the change her generation has been hoping for
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across the country we're seeing similar scenes of people gathering, starting to gather, coming out to celebrate what happened a lot of people across the country were preparing for violence there are scenes of building boarded up, national guard troops called up in places like washington, philadelphia and elsewhere. here, a national state o emergency was declared by the governor there are some 3,000 national guard troops on duty but it appears at this moment all of that will not be necessary, because the mood out here is just very peaceful, very calm but nobody is really that jubilant because they realize there's a long way to go people are satisfied that this that there's much work is a victory it's justice for george floyd and his family, and, of course, for this community but they still see there's much work to do in terms of bringing this community together, in terms of changing the way policing happens here, and across the country but for now, exhale. satisfied. history made change beginning and a real just good feeling out here in this big crowd, lester >> ron allen tonight, thank you.
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>> president biden is weighing in on the verdict after earlier sparking backlash for talking about the verdict he was praying for before the jury had reached a decision nbc's kristen welker is at the white house. kristen, what did th >> reporter: lester, tonight president say tonight? president biden speaking for 15 minutes saying new reform is needed in policing. >> no one is above the law today's verdict sends that message, but it's not enough we can't stop here. >> reporter: meanwhile, the president is facing backlash for saying while the jury was deliberating, he was praying for, quote, the right verdict. it's highly unusual for a president to weigh in on an ongoing trial. multiple people close to the president told us biden's comments were not helpful. the white house insisting he was merely echoing the emotions of the moment lester >> kristen welker at the white
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house, thanks. let's turn now to trymaine who has beenoklahoma, a city that knows all too well how precarious justice can be. trymaine, what are people there saying and does this feel luke a true inflection point >> reporter: that's right, lester, this community has dealt with its fair share of issues with policing. for just a moment, they were able to exhale and breathe because a thousand miles away, a black family and black man finally got justice. there was a man across the street in front of the church who got down on one knee because he was so joyful, but that joy came with wariness because he knows justice for black america, at large, for black families across america is still tenuous and fragile at best, lester. >> trymaine, thank you joining me now is with respect to columnist and msnbc political analyst eugene robinson. eugene, talk about this moment
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and what it means not just for the floyd's family but for the nation >> lester, i think this is an inflection point this does not mean that we have completed some sort of reckoning with racial justice, we have solved all the problems of policing in this country we've got a lot of work to do. but this feels like a beginning rather than an ending to me. it feels like a very important day, an important result from the moment we learned we would have a verdict to the minute that verdict was announced, i think i held my breath, because we've been -- we've been disappointed and devastated so many times before when it seemed that juries simply did not value black life, did not value the lives of african-americans or their rights, or their right just to
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walk down the street it seemed that we were not seen as fully american. this jury did see george floyd as a man in full, as a citizen of minneapolis they didn't see him as a thug or as an addict or someone who was problematic just by his existence. they saw him as someone who was wronged, who was killed byice police officers sworn to protect and defend the citizens of minneapolis. and they acted accordingly in v. and i think one of the most really significant things about this whole trial is that the delivering these verdicts. i think one of the most really significant things about this whole trial is that the minneapolis police chief, madeira arradondo, testified for the prosecution, against one of his officers
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we almost never have seen that happen in these sorts of police killing cases. and if that means that the sort of thin blue line of solidarity against these sort of justified complaints about policing, if that line is weakening or is gone, that's a really, really good thing for this country. >> even in the crowd, in the minutes leading up to today's verdict, there were people expressing doubts, no trust in the justice system does this restore some of the trust as seen through communities of color in this country? >> you know, i think it does but only in a limited sense. i mean, look, look at what we're talking about here the man -- derek chauvin knelt on george floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, all of it captured on video from multiple angles and broadcast to the world, basically you could not -- that's not going to happen in every caseo have t
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in some cases, we're going to have to take the words of witnesses.g to have police officers as and in some cases, we're probably not going to have police officers as willing to testify against their fellow officers as was the case here. so i don't think, you know, anybody goes overboard and says, you know, aha, we have had our reckoning with systemic racism, even just in policing. think pen say thi i don't think anybody says that. but i think people can say, this is a beginning, this really -- had it gone a different way, we would be having an entirely different conversation >> all right eugene robinson, thank you for talking with us. joining me now is former hennepin county public defender mary moriarty. mary, the jury deliberated for less than a day.
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we said somewhere around 11 hours. what do you make of this verdict and what could it mean for minneapolis and the country? >> after hearing closing arguments and the trial itself, i didn't expect that the jury would be out very long in fact, i thought that they would come back today. and that's because the state did an excellent job of presenting medical testimony, everything they needed, use of force testimony. and the defense really wasn't able to counter much of that in some respects, i think this is everything to this community right now. but in other respects it's just the first step people heard our chief, madeira arradondo, talk about his values, his ethics, which he very much believes in. he's a reformer. but we also know every day that cops like chauvin continue to engage in this kind of behavior. it just doesn't rise to the level that it did with george floyd. there's this gap between the aspiration and what happens day to day so this is just the beginning. people in the community are igh,
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finally, what many finally, what many tonight are considering justice served the death of george floyd had and police brutality. and now the verdict become, for many, a powerful symbol of racial injustice and police brutality now that the verdict of derek w this is not the last word in a case that has forced us to look at those 9 chauvin is in, a jury of his peers found him guilty believe your eyes, said the prosecutors, and they did. the case forced us to look at those nine minutes and 29 seconds as a reflection of where we are and what we don't want to become is a nation it has not stopped deadly confrontations between the police and black men but tonight the family of george floyd has received justice in a minneapolis courtroom. what happens on america's streets might tell us if there is a deeper reckoning in the
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tragedy of george floyd. that's "nightly news" for this tuesday thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other her. test test. we the jury in the above entitled matter as to count i unintentional second degree murder. >> what i hope it means for the people that were organized would win. that guilty verdict. >> i'm cautiously optimistic systemic change will occur. >> now is the type for
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thoughtful conversation about what next. >> the news at 6 starts right now. good evening. thanks for being with us on this tuesday. >> a swift verdict leading to an emotional response across america. tonight, there is plenty of action and plenty of reaction in the bay area as well. let's start in minneapolis where people continue to gather in the streets hours after a jury found former police officer derek chauvin guilty of all charges and faces what could be a maximum of 40 years in prison for killing george floyd. president biden and vice president kamala talked about the impact this has. >> most men and woman that wear the badge serve their communities honorably. those who fail to meet that standard must be held accountable, and they were today. >> we are all a part of george fl

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