Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey praised George Floyd following the responsible verdict on Tuesday towards former police officer Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s homicide.
“George Floyd got here to Minneapolis to higher his life. However in the end his life may have bettered our metropolis,” the Democratic mayor wrote on Twitter. “The jury joined in a shared conviction that has animated Minneapolis for the final 11 months. They refused to look away and affirmed he ought to nonetheless be right here immediately.”
Chauvin, 45, was discovered responsible Tuesday of second-degree unintentional homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin’s sentencing is scheduled for eight weeks from now.
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Frey’s remarks of reward didn’t land with everybody – some took difficulty with the mayor’s characterization of Floyd’s demise as a sacrifice for the sake of the town.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi supplied an identical sentiment in her press convention with the Congressional Black Caucus.
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“Thanks George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi stated Tuesday outdoors the Capitol. “Due to you and due to tens of millions of individuals around the globe who got here out for justice, your identify will at all times be synonymous with justice. And now we have now to ensure justice prevails within the sentencing.”
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Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on Could 25, 2020 after Chauvin held his knee towards Floyd’s neck or higher physique for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, as a handcuffed Floyd repeatedly stated that he couldn’t breathe. Police had been known as to the realm on that day for a report that Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 invoice to purchase cigarettes at a neighborhood comfort retailer, Cup Meals.