Video and reporting by: Isaiah Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Yesterday, one of the most high-profile court cases in recent American history with a verdict that brought justice to the family of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest last May, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter by a jury of his peers on Tuesday. Chauvin is just the eighth police officer in the United States to be found guilty of murder since 2005. In that time, thousands of people have died in officer-involved incidents — including Floyd and many other racial minorities.
Tuesday’s verdict was not only a massive statistical outlier, but a watershed moment for those hoping for racial equality in the United States. Chauvin’s murder thrust the Black Lives Matter movement and the need for police reform back into the national spotlight, and the guilty verdict could potentially go a long way towards creating a fairer, more equal America.
“This can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America,” President Joe Biden said last night.
Although George Floyd and Derek Chauvin may never have stepped foot in South Jersey during their lives, the impact of this verdict stretches far beyond Minneapolis. Our Isaiah Showell took to the streets of South Jersey to gather community members’ reactions to the historic verdict.
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