The US President, Joe Biden, considered that the court ruling against the former policeman, Derek Chauvin, the murderer of the brown citizen, George Floyd, is “just and a step forward and maybe an important turning point.”
During a phone call with the Floyd family after Chauvin’s conviction, Biden said nothing could remedy everything that happened, but some justice was achieved.
Biden added during the call, in which a videotape was released documenting it by the lawyer of the Floyd family, Ben Kramp: “Guilty of all three articles; this is very important.”
Turning to the issue of reforming the police system in the United States, the US President stressed, “There is a lot of work to be done.”
President Biden and VP Harris call the Floyd family after the GUILTY verdict! Thank you @POTUS & @VP for your support! We hope that we can count on you for the police reform we NEED in America! ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/cg4V2D5tlI
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 20, 2021
Biden indicated that he followed up with Vice President Kamala Harris “every moment” of the judicial process for the killing of Floyd, considering that the conviction ruling represents “the first step in combating systemic racism” in the country.
Later, in a press statement, Biden said that the ruling against Chauvin “may be a huge step forward on the path to justice in America.” Still, he indicated that such decisions are infrequent and added that this could become a critical turning point.
On Tuesday, a 12-member jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, ruled that Chauvin, 45, was found guilty in the murder case of Floyd, 46.
The jury found Chauvin guilty of all the murder counts against him after hearing for three weeks the testimony of 45 people, including bystanders, police officials, and medical experts. The deliberations began on Monday and lasted more than ten hours.
Faced with video cameras filmed on May 25, 2020, in a case that sparked a wave of widespread demonstrations and disturbances in the United States and abroad within the framework of the “Black Lives Matter” movement against racism and for the police, the white policeman Shuofen pressed his knee on the neck of the black American Floyd for more than nine minutes, which is documented. Two hands while he was arrested, and three other police officers were accused of using a forged $ 20 banknote to buy cigarettes at a store.
The punishment resulting from the jury convicting Chauvin in the three clauses for which he was sentenced under Minnesota law is the maximum penalty for second-degree premeditated murder, not exceeding 40 years. The maximum penalty for third-degree murder includes imprisonment for a period not exceeding 25 years. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is ten years and a $ 20,000 fine.