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Tonight, on It's Real Talk Radio, we will be discussing the conviction of former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer, Derrick Chauvin. On Today, Tuesday, April, 20, 2021, Derrick Chauvin was found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder, 3rd Degree Murder and Manslaughter, for the killing of George Floyd. This was a monumental day in America's judicial system, as police officers are rarely convicted for the killing of unarmed Black people.
As the verdict was being read by the judge, you could cut the tension with a knife! People of all races and backgrounds waited desperately, as the judge announced guilty, after guilty, after guilty, as the cameras continued to focus on an anxious crowd. Once the guilty verdict was announced, you could see the uproar in the crowd outside of the Minneapolis courthouse. This jury deliberated for about 10 hours, which is typically a quick deliberation for a trial of this magnitude.
So how did we get here? Former police officer Derrick Chuauvin forced his knee onto George Floyd's Neck for a total of 9 minutes and 27 seconds, resulting in the death of George Floyd. This horrific slaying was caught on video, via camera phone and posted online, which lead to the public outcry for justice. This video, which was recorded by a teenager, who just so happened to be in the local area, laid the groundwork for this case to be prosecuted.
So here we are, just hours after the conviction, and the energy of the protesters is still high, as people continue to gather and celebrate this historic moment. Of course we had to cover this topic! It was inevitable! On 5/29/2020 and 6/5/2020, we discussed the disturbing video of Derrick Chauvin taking the life out of George Floyd and now, just 1 year later, we are discussing the conviction of Derrick Chauvin! It doesn't get any realer than this!