Derek Chauvin guilty in death of George Floyd

By Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Joshua Berlinger, CNN

Updated 12:06 AM ET, Wed April 21, 2021
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6:05 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Friend of Sandra Bland says guilty verdict is "bittersweet"

From CNN's Omar Jimenez / Written by CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

A woman who learned of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict standing near the Cups Food store, where George Floyd was killed, says the moment was bittersweet for her. She told CNN's Omar Jimenez that she was a friend of Sandra Bland.

"My feeling was, it's very bittersweet because his family, much like a good friend of mine, Sandy Bland, Sandy as I knew her, will never see him again, will never touch him, will never hug him and his daughter will grow up without a father. They will never see him again and he's still six feet under so justice in my opinion will never be served but it is very bittersweet. It's at least something. We're getting somewhere in this country. We're seeing some progress," she said.

Omar Jimenez speaks to Sandra Bland's friend:

5:32 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation reacts to Chauvin verdict

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) released a statement in reaction to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. 

"We hope this guilty verdict begins to show that white supremacy will not win. White supremacy has no place in democracy, especially one that is supposed to guarantee us our freedom to live," the statement said.

"But let us also be clear that this still does not bring our loved ones back. We do not get George Floyd back. His daughter and family have to grow up without him. His family continues his legacy through the George Floyd Memorial  Foundation," the statement added.

Read the full statement below:

“In these types of trials, the criminal justice system has historically failed Black families, further permeating and validating white supremacy within institutions. Today, however, there is a small incremental step toward accountability. 
We hope this guilty verdict begins to show that white supremacy will not win. White supremacy has no place in democracy, especially one that is supposed to guarantee us our freedom to live. 
But let us also be clear that this still does not bring our loved ones back. We do not get George Floyd back. His daughter and family have to grow up without him. His family continues his legacy through the George Floyd Memorial  Foundation.
And Black Lives Matter will continue to call for abolition because we ultimately believe abolition will ensure the freedom of Black people. 
BLMGNF will continue to work toward abolition and Black liberation – one where Black people across the diaspora thrive, experience joy, and are no longer defined by their struggles. We will continue to heal the past, re-imagine the present, and invest in the future of Black lives.”
5:31 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

NAACP: "The fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over"

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said that while "justice landed" Derek Chauvin in jail, "the fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over."

Read a portion of their statement following the verdict:

"While justice landed Derek Chauvin behind bars for murdering George Floyd, no amount of justice will bring Gianna's father back.
The same way a reasonable police officer would never suffocate an unarmed man to death, a reasonable justice system would recognize its roots in white supremacy and end qualified immunity.
Police are here to protect, not lynch.
We will not rest until all in our community have the right to breathe. The chapter on Derrick Chauvin may be closed, but the fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over."
5:30 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Lawmakers react to the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin case

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Lawmakers from across the country reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case.

Chauvin was found guilty in all three charges.

Watch members of the Congressional Black Caucus reaction:

5:48 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Crowd outside courtroom chants "justice" and "Black Lives Matter" following guilty verdict

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

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Carlos Barria/Reuters

The jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges in the murder of George Floyd.

Crowds outside the Minneapolis courtroom and at the location where Floyd was killed chanted "justice" and "Black lives matter" after hearing the verdict.

Watch the moment:

5:30 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Judge announces sentencing in 8 weeks

After Judge Peter Cahill read and confirmed the verdict with the jury, he announced technical next steps, including scheduling sentencing in eight weeks time.

Cahill said the court would look at written arguments from Derek Chauvin "within one week" and issue factual findings on it. Then they will order a pre-sentencing investigation report, "returnable in four weeks." That will be followed by a briefing on the pre-sentencing investigation report six weeks from now and "eight weeks from now we will have sentencing." 

The 12 jurors found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death in May 2020.

5:56 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Van Jones: Today marks the beginning of justice, not the end

On-air analysis from CNN's Van Jones / Written by CNN's Josiah Ryan

CNN's Van Jones said the guilty verdict today marks the beginning of the road to justice for many Americans, not the end. 

"One down, many, many, many more to go," said Jones, his voice cracking moments after hearing that Derek Chauvin had been found guilty on all three charges.

"This is the beginning of something, this is not the ending," Jones continued, calling out Congress and the federal government for inaction on racial justice.

"Sometimes when we fight, we lose, but sometimes when we fight, we won," he added. "The people won."

Watch the moment:

5:32 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Judge thanks jurors for "heavy duty jury service"

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After reading the jury's verdicts finding Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts, Judge Peter Cahill thanked the jurors for what he called "heavy duty" service in the case.

"I have to thank you on behalf of the people of the state of Minnesota, for not only jury service, but heavy duty jury service," he said.

The jury was then sent out of the courtroom.

5:30 p.m. ET, April 20, 2021

Floyd family attorney: "Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd's family and the community"

Attorney Ben Crump and George Floyd's family released a statement following the conviction of Derek Chauvin, saying, "today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world."

Read the full statement:

“Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd’s family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America. This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state. We thank Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and his team for their fierce dedication to justice for George. But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well."