Derek Chauvin verdict – Celebrations erupt across US after ex-cop is found guilty as crowds pay tribute to George Floyd

PEOPLE celebrated in cities across the US as Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday.

Pictures show people embracing, waving Black Lives Matter flags, and holding up signs as the paid tribute to Floyd and celebrated what's being called "a step in the right direction."

Chauvin was found guilty of second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter on Tuesday.

He faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison after kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest last May.

People gathered in cities across the nation – from Minneapolis, where Floyd was from – to New York and Atlanta, Georgia as Chauvin's guilty verdict was revealed.

In George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota many people were seen tearfully embracing.

People embraced in hugs, while others raised their fists in the air in triumph.

Some smiled and jumped up and down, while others applauded.

One picture showed people throwing $1 bills in the air, letting it rain onto the ground.

Outside the courthouse, people were seen hanging out of cars, waving Black Lives Matter flags in the air.

Reverend Jesse Jackson – who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s – joined Minneapolis residents around a wood fire in the evening.

People held signs as they marched through New York City streets.


Crowds gathered together in Times Square after the verdict was revealed.

One woman in New York City held a sign outside te Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Office Building that read: "Derek Chauvin is a convicted murderer. R.I.P. George Floyd."

In Washington DC, people were seen dancing in Black Lives Matter Plaza celebrating.

In Atlanta, crowds marched through the streets with portraits of Floyd, wearing Black Lives Matter shirts and waving flags.

One person held up a sign that read: "Atlanta stands with Minneapolis."

In Orlando, Florida, some people held a candlelight vigil in a tribute to honor Floyd.

People stood together, honoring Floyd and holding signs that celebrated a fight for justice.

As many cities celebrated, the city of Columbus, Ohio began to mourn after police fatally shot a 16-year-old black girl, who has been identified by family as Ma'Khia Bryant.

Graphic video showed a cop shooting the girl multiple times, just seconds after arriving on-scene as there was an altercation between multiple females.

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