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CNN commentator Van Jones praised the guilty verdict handed down in the Derek Chauvin trial, saying, "that is what justice looks like" while noting that more work needs to be done to advance the cause of civil rights.

Why it matters: The Chauvin murder trial verdict is a rare conviction of a police officer, and many advocates expect it to be a crucial civil rights case in the fight for racial justice in the years to come.

What he's saying: "This is the beginning of something. This is not the end of anything," Jones said, calling upon Congress to act and pointing out what needs to change moving forward.

  • "Those chokeholds are still legal according to the federal government. That needs to change. There's no duty to intervene from the federal government. That needs to change. There's no registry for cops like Chauvin. That needs to change."
  • "I've seen so many kids who have done so much less than him walk out of courtrooms in handcuffs."

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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.

Apr 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congress, White House brace for Chauvin verdict

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious as the nation awaits the verdict in former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial, fearing a not-guilty decision could exacerbate racial tensions and spark a new wave of riots.

Why it matters: Leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are trying to figure out how to calibrate any personal or legislative response, while also acknowledging how the final outcome in Chauvin's murder trial in the death of George Floyd could affect their district and them politically.

Apr 19, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

The Derek Chauvin trial heads to the jury

As of Monday, the prosecution and defense have made their cases in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd 11 months ago. Now the verdict is up to the jury.

Axios Re:Cap is joined by Axios Twin Cities reporter Nick Halter, who is on the ground, to discuss the highlights from the trial, the decision facing the jury, and what could happen when a verdict is released.

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