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Photo: Screenshot of CNN

A jury on Tuesday found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death.

Why it matters: This rare conviction of a police officer may come to be seen as a defining moment in America's collective reckoning with issues of race and justice.

  • Video of Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes as Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe sparked global protests.

The state of play: The verdict was announced after the jury deliberated for more than 10 hours.

  • Reporters in the room noted that the jury gave "no noticeable emotional reactions" as the judge read the verdict.
  • Chauvin was placed in handcuffs and led away after the verdict was read.
  • A crowd gathered outside the court cheered.

What's next: A sentencing decision will be rendered in the coming weeks.

  • Chauvin faces a likely sentence of up to 12 years behind bars for the second-degree murder charge, though the judge could go higher if jurors find aggravating factors.
  • Former Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao are scheduled to be tried for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death on Aug. 23.

The big picture: Following the verdict, President Biden and Vice President Harris spoke to Floyd's family on the phone.

  • "Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least ... now there's some justice," President Biden said.

On the hill, via Axios' Kadia Goba: Lawmakers collectively let out a sigh of relief. More than a dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus huddled around a laptop as the judge read guilty verdicts on all three charges.

  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) clutched Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.).

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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

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Updated Apr 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jury in Derek Chauvin trial heads into deliberation

The jury of Derek Chauvin's trial has gone into deliberation Monday. The judge told instructed them to "reach a just verdict regardless of what the consequence might be."

Why it matters: The jury's verdict in Chauvin's murder trial is seen by advocates as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades.

Minneapolis reflects on Chauvin verdict as a step toward healing and calm

Screenshot via CNN

A growing crowd outside the Hennepin County Government Center broke out into cheers, hugs and tears of relief as word of the Derek Chauvin verdict spread just after 4pm CT.

Catch up quick: Eleven months after George Floyd died under the former Minneapolis police officer's knee, a jury of 12 neighbors returned a guilty verdict on all three counts.

Biden calls Chauvin verdict a "giant step towards justice"

President Biden addressed the country on Tuesday, saying "we must not turn away" in the fight for racial justice after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges.

Driving the news: Chauvin was convicted late Tuesday afternoon on charges of second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.