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Attorney for George Floyd’s family reacts to the guilty verdict

Ben Crump, the attorney for George Floyd’s family, said the guilty verdict was a victory for “America’s quest for equal justice under the law”.

“Let’s frame this moment as America living up to the Declaration of Independence,” he said.

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd and Attorney Ben Crump, from left, react after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd and Attorney Ben Crump, from left, react after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.Credit:AP

Crowd outside Minneapolis courthouse reacts to guilty verdict

Here is the moment the crowd who had assembled outside a courthouse in Minneapolis found out that former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder in relation to the death of George Floyd.

Our US correspondent Matthew Knott was in Minneapolis for the verdict and will be sending through some interviews from the scene a bit later today.

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton: ‘the war and the fight is not over’

American civil rights activist Al Sharpton has welcomed the guilty verdict handed down in relation to the death of George Floyd, but has said “the war and the fight is not over” for African Americans.

Just two days from now, we’re going to have to deal with the funeral of Daunte Wright in this same county, the same area,” he said. “We still have cases to fight. But this gives us the energy to fight on.”

The Reverend Al Sharpton speaks after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd

The Reverend Al Sharpton speaks after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George FloydCredit:AP

He said he did find pleasure in the verdict or celebrate that Chauvin would be jailed.

“We would have rather George be alive,” he said.

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Video: the moment the guilty verdict was handed down to Derek Chauvin

Here is the moment the guilty verdict was read out in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

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Barack Obama tweets his reaction to the guilty verdict

Former US president Barack Obama has tweeted out his statement on the guilty verdict handed down to former police officer Derek Chauvin in relation to the death of George Floyd.

He wrote that the jury in the case did the right thing, but stated that true justice was about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.

“True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that black Americans are treated differently, every day,” he wrote.

He wrote that he and wife Michelle sent their prayers to George Floyd’s family.

Derek Chauvin led from courtroom in handcuffs

Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been led from the courtroom in handcuffs after being found guilty of murder over the death of George Floyd.

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody.

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody.Credit:Screen Shot

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Minnesota Attorney-General Keith Ellison reacts to the guilty verdict

Minnesota Attorney-General Keith Ellison has reacted to the guilty verdict handed down a short time ago to former police officer Derek Chauvin.

He said everyone involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case had been pursuing justice.

“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice.”

“And now the cause of justice is in your hands and when I say ‘your hands’, I mean the hands of the people of the United States.”

Minnesota Attorney-General Keith Ellison.

Minnesota Attorney-General Keith Ellison.Credit:AP

Photo gallery: Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder in George Floyd case

Our picture editors have put together a photo gallery of the guilty verdict handed down to former police officer Derek Chauvin, as well as some of the reactions.

They will be adding to the gallery as the day goes on.

You can view the gallery from the link below.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, as the verdict to announced in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, as the verdict to announced in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Credit:AP

George Floyd’s family react to the jury’s guilty verdict

By Matthew Knott

George Floyd’s family and legal team have reacted to the guilty verdict handed down a short time ago to former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Ben Crump, the Floyd family’s attorney, said: “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.

Floyd’s brother Rodney told MSNBC: “I’m feeling tears of joy, so emotional.”

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Reactions to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is currently holding a press conference in response to the guilty verdict handed down by the jury in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

You can watch it live below:

2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also tweeted her reaction to the verdict, saying George Floyd’s family got “accountability” today.

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