In what is likely to be an historic trial and verdict, a jury on Tuesday convicted a white ex-policeman of murder and other charges in connection with the death of a Black man last May in police custody.
According to the Associated Press, a Minneapolis jury found Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of killing George Floyd by pinning the unarmed man to the ground with his knee for over nine minutes while his captive pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
Chauvin, a former officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, was judged guilty of second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He faces upwards of 40 years in prison. Sentencing will be in two weeks.
After the verdict, Chauvin, 45, had his bail revoked and was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
The jury deliberated for 10 hours before informing the judge they had reached a unanimous verdict. There were celebrations in Minneapolis and across the nation.
President Joe Biden applauded the jury’s decision. “It was murder in the full light of day,” he said, according to The New York Times. “It ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see. For so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver just basic accountability.”
Biden is urging the U.S. Senate to pass a bill – which has already been approved in the House of Representatives – to improve police accountability and keep officers fired from one agency for misconduct from moving to another law enforcement job.
Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said, “I was just praying they would find him guilty, As an African American, we usually never get justice,” reported USA Today.
Money: Wall Street responds to verdict
Some major American corporations, increasingly drawn into political and social issues, sounded off on the conviction Tuesday of Derek Chauvin for murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd.
According to USA Today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, called the verdict “a step in the fight against bias and injustice.” Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook wrote of the Floyd family, “We stand in solidarity with you.” Microsoft president Brad Smith said, “Today’s verdict is a step forward in acknowledging painful truths.”
Stocks are down again: All three major markets dropped on Tuesday. The Dow was down 256.33 to 33,821.30, S&P 599 declined 28.32 to 4,134.94. Nasdaq slipped 128.50 points to 13,786.27.
Sports: Juzang turning pro or no?
Johnny Juzang, the UCLA sophomore guard who was a key to propelling the Bruins to the NCAA Final Four, on Tuesday announced he would enter the NBA draft. In a Twitter post, Juzang noted that he was making the announcement “while retaining my college eligibility.”
So will Juzang take the money instead of another year at Westwood? “I’m going to continue to work and give the passion I always have and see where it takes me,” he continued.
Juzang, a Los Angeles native, started at Kentucky as a freshman before transferring to UCLA. He averaged 16.3 points a game this season, but was especially effective in the Bruins’ exciting run through the March Madness.
He scored 29 points as blue-and-gold nearly upset unbeaten Gonzaga in the semifinal round before losing to the Bulldogs 93-90. Zuzang was named to the all-tournament team.
- Dodgers 1, Seattle Mariners 0: Julio Urias pitched a gem and Corey Seager drove in the winning run as LAD won on the road. Urias (3-0) worked seven one-hit innings, striking out 11 batters and walking just one. Seager’s third inning single was enough to propel his team to a 14-4 record. Seattle is 11-7.
- Angels 6, Texas Rangers 2: The Halos hit three home runs and got four innings of shutout ball from Shohei Ohtani to post the win in Anaheim. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kurt Suzuki each went yard for the Angels.The team is now 9-6 and part of a three-team traffic jam at the top of the American League West with Oakland and Seattle, both at 11-7.
- Clippers 113, Portland Trailblazers 112: Paul George scored 33 points and hit the game-winning free throws at the end as the Clips won their ninth game in 10 tries. They are 41-19 and in third place in the NBA Western Conference.
- Kings 4, Ducks 1: The two teams at the bottom of the NHL West met in Anaheim and the LAK won, with four players lighting the lamp. Cam Fowler scored the lone Ducks goal. The visitors improved their record to 17-20-6 . The Ducks are 14-26-7.
Weather: Cool, cloudy … rain?
Forecasts for the West Orange County area are indicating a one-in-four chance of us getting rained on for the next couple of days. Wednesday is predicted to be cloudy with a daytime high of 64 (overnight 55) with a 24 percent chance of rain. On Thursday the high should be 66 with the same rain likelihood. Friday will be similar with a 13 percent chance of the wet stuff, going up to 39 percent on Monday. In the coastal area of Huntington Beach, daytime highs should be four to five degrees cooler.
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