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Derek Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict Leads To Massive Crowds Of People Cheering & Crying In The Streets

People literally broke down in tears of joy and took to the streets cheering, now that justice has been served with Derek Chauvin being found guilty of George Floyd’s murder.

Justice at last! After a Minnesota jury convicted former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering unarmed Black man George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest, people took to the streets to celebrate. Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020 sparked nationwide protests and reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement. On Tues. Apr. 20, 2021 there was joy instead of pain, as people celebrated the fact that Chauvin will be going to prison for Floyd’s killing. At the site of his murder where a permanent memorial was erected to Floyd, emotions flooded over those gathered, with chants of “Black lives matter.” You can see more  photos of the celebrations in our gallery above.

The jury was given the case to deliberate on the afternoon of Mon. Apr. 19, 2021 and came back the next day with their verdict after only about 10 hours of deliberations. Chauvin had been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and was found guilty on all charges. When the verdicts were read live, those at George Floyd Square erupted in cheers, and cars driving through downtown Minneapolis honked their horns in approval of the conviction.

Floyd’s death was caught on video by bystanders watching his arrest. He had been taken into custody for suspicion of passing a forged $ 20 bill to purchase a sandwich at a Minneapolis deli. Chauvin was seen kneeling on a handcuffed Floyd’s neck, even though he had already been pinned to the ground. Floyd could be heard pleading “I can’t breathe,” while Chauvin was seen kneeling on the man’s neck with his hands casually in his uniform pockets. Even Minneapolis firefighter Genevieve Hansen claims she was forced to stand by helplessly and not allowed to render medical aid to Floyd.

Hansen testified on Mar. 30 — the second day of Chauvin’s trial — that “I could have given medical assistance, and that’s exactly what I should have done,” but she was unable to “because the officers didn’t let [her] on the scene.”  She added, “There was a man being killed… I would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities. And, this human was denied that right” of Floyd. 

Before news that the jury had reached a verdict, even President Joe Biden weighed in on the case. He told reporters at the White House, “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. Which is, I think it’s overwhelming in my view.”

Thousands of National Guard members had been called up to help protect the city of Minneapolis in case of any violence that occurred if the jury had gone a different way. The city had suffered multiple nights of rioting following Floyd’s death in 2020, which saw the Minneapolis P.D.’s Third Precinct looted and burned to the ground, as officers were forced to flee. That was where Chauvin and three other officers at the scene of Floyd’s death were based. All four officers were fired on May 26. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on May 29, 2020, with the second degree murder charge upgraded on June 3, 2020.


This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Ciara ‘In Tears’ As Mariah Carey & More Stars Cheer Over Derek Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict: ‘Hallelujah’

After Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, stars like Mariah Carey and Katy Perry took to social media to speak out about the long-awaited verdict.

Stars like Mariah Carey and Jada Pinkett-Smith are speaking out after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. The jury announced the verdict on April 20, and the terminated Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of all three of his charges: second degree murder, third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Immediately after the verdict was announced, Ciara was one of the first celebrities to celebrate the verdict with a tweet that read, “Thank you Jesus! I’m in tears. May your legacy live on forever #GeorgeFloyd.”

Mariah Carey joined the online celebration by tweeting, “Hallelujah!!!!!!!!” Meanwhile, Jada Pinkett Smith tweeted, “Come thru Justice!” Alyssa Milano also took to social media to tweet, “FOUND GUILTY ON ALL THREE CHARGES. Rest In Peace, George Floyd. You have changed the world. #verdict.” 

Even more celebrities reacted to the verdict. Captain America star Chris Evans tweeted, “Justice. Sending love to George Floyd’s family and friends,” while pop star Katy Perry posted, “rest in JUSTICE George Floyd.” The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Garcelle Beauvais also shared a message about justice on her Instagram page: “Justice for Black America is justice for All America.” Beyoncé‘s mother, Tina Knowles, wrote about justice as well in an Instagram message: “Justice is served! All three counts!!! Praise the Lord!!! Just the Beginning!!! If bad Police faced jail for killing unarmed people , or breaking the law and abusing people they would not do these things. I am not saying under any circumstance that there are not police officers that really try to protect and serve . And I must say that the police that told the truth in this trial and did not protect Derick Chauvin . I commend them and pray that it is the beginning of change.” 

Talk show personalities also made sure to chime in. The Talk host Elaine Welteroth tweeted, “GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES #ChauvinTrial,” while The View host Meghan McCain wrote, “May justice heal our nation.”

Politicians also joined the conversation on Twitter after the verdict was announced. Former First Lady Hillary Clinton tweeted, “George Floyd’s family and community deserved for his killer to be held accountable. Today, they got that accountability. Always and forever, Black lives matter.” And Kamala Harris‘s niece, Ambitious Girl author Meena Harris, tweeted, “Rest in power, George Floyd.”

While the verdict was celebrated, stars also reminded people of the grim reality the country faces as the fight against systematic racism continues. Renown poet Amanda Gorman, who recited a poem at Joe Biden‘s inauguration, tweeted, “A reminder that victory would be George Floyd being alive. Every day Black Americans worry if they will be next is another day without justice.” Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks also called attention to this ongoing fight by posting an Instagram message that read, “One small step in the right direction. Thank you jurors for doing the right thing. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”

Chauvin was convicted on April 20 after a lengthy trial and deliberation by the jury. The verdict comes almost a year since Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Chauvin’s custody, died after the police officer pinned him to the ground by his neck for nearly 10 minutes. The prosecution argued for weeks that Chauvin’s actions on May 25, 2020, were a “substantial causal factor” in Floyd’s death. Defense told a very different story, dragging Floyd’s character and insisting that his death could be attributed to different reasons, including a heart condition.

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A photo of George Floyd’s memorial in Minneapolis, Minnesota, taken on the day Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict was announced. [Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock]

However, Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist and expert in the science of breathing, told the court that Floyd’s cause of death was due to a lack of oxygen. “A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died,” Tobin told jurors. Prosecutors played bystanders’ footage of the final moments of Floyd’s life, showing him begging Chauvin to get off his neck, clearly saying, “I can’t breathe” and calling out for his mother.

Despite knowing that Floyd, 46, couldn’t breathe, Chauvin ignored bystanders’ pleas to release him and didn’t relent until he fell unconscious. George Floyd died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Samantha Wilson

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Minneapolis Braces for Verdict Over George Floyd's Death

MINNEAPOLIS — Around midday last Monday, Samir Patel received a phone call from his friend, a dentist: Gunshots had rung out, his friend told him, and the contractors who were rebuilding the office he lost in last year’s unrest had fled. He was boarding up, and he told Mr. Patel he should move quickly to protect his own business, a dry cleaning shop.

And so Mr. Patel got in his car and drove to his shop, cleared out all of his customers’ clothes and brought them home. Maybe he couldn’t protect his building, he said, but at least he could save the clothing his customers had entrusted to him.

“We don’t know what will happen,” said Mr. Patel, an immigrant from India who said he suffered half a million dollars in damage in last year’s civil unrest following the police killing of George Floyd. He had to deplete his savings and retirement accounts just to get his business open again. “We can’t predict now,” he said. “It’s beyond your imagination now.”

Elite Cleaners, Mr. Patel’s shop, is on a side street, not far from the shell of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct station house, which burned last year in the aftermath of Mr. Floyd’s death. The surrounding community of Lake Street, a corridor of immigrant-owned businesses — taquerias, furniture shops, liquor stores and cafes — was devastated by looting in the days of protests and the riots that followed. The city has said that the unrest led to $ 350 million in losses, with more than a thousand buildings either destroyed or damaged.

Now, almost a year on, Minneapolis is a place consumed with grief and fear.

As the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer charged with murder in the death of Mr. Floyd, a Black man, draws to a close, the city is on edge, fearing that a not-guilty verdict would bring anger, chaos and destruction once again.

Last week, as the community was consumed by televised testimony in the trial, the Twin Cities region was rocked after Daunte Wright was shot dead by a police officer following a routine traffic stop in the suburban community of Brooklyn Center. Hundreds came out for mostly peaceful protests, although dozens of businesses were looted and vandalized near Lake Street. Elite Cleaners was spared.

Pastor Brian Herron of Zion Baptist Church, in Minneapolis’s historically Black neighborhood of Near North, spoke to his congregation on Sunday in personal terms. He said the news of yet another police shooting had sent him to “a dark place,” bringing back memories of traveling as a young boy with his father, also a preacher, to the rural South and seeing how Black people were treated there. “It triggered my trauma,” he said.

Sara Stamshror-Lott, a therapist who specializes in trauma therapy in Minneapolis’s minority communities, said that the trial, and the painful emotions it has resurfaced among Black citizens who have suffered from abusive policing, has consumed her sessions. One client asked Ms. Stamshror-Lott on Wednesday to spend a regular therapy session watching the trial, which has been carried live, gavel to gavel, on most local television stations. The client did not want to watch alone, Ms. Stamshror-Lott said, and wanted instead to be in the presence of someone to process the pain that arose from the testimony.

If she is not watching the trial with clients, she said, they are talking about it in their sessions.

“I would say the vast majority, like 95 percent of my clients, have talked to me about the trial in every session since it started,” Ms. Stamshror-Lott said.

The testimony in the Chauvin trial is done; closing arguments are scheduled for Monday, and then the case goes to the jury. As the city awaits the verdict, which could come down as early as this week, there is a sense of life suspended — an inability to imagine what the world will look like after the jury of seven women and five men reaches its decision.

“A lot of people are immobilized, they are afraid,” said Andre Marshall, a deacon at Zion Baptist Church. He said he was optimistic about the outcome after seeing the evidence, but even so, “personally, I’m afraid of an acquittal.”

As Mr. Patel was clearing out his shop, National Guard soldiers carrying assault rifles were taking up positions on nearby street corners. Their armored vehicles reminded Mr. Patel of what his neighborhood looked like last year: “a war zone.”

While that was happening, Mr. Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd was on the witness stand in a downtown courtroom.

In presenting their case over more than two weeks, prosecutors called a parade of witnesses, including bystanders who spoke emotionally about watching the killing of Mr. Floyd. Police officers testified that Mr. Chauvin’s actions violated department policies, and medical experts told the court that Mr. Floyd died from asphyxia as he was pressed to the street under Mr. Chauvin’s knee for more than nine minutes.

The defense case lasted only two days, and just two expert witnesses were called: a use-of-force expert who argued that Mr. Chauvin’s actions had been appropriate, and a doctor who challenged the state’s determination that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxia and said he classified the cause of death as “undetermined.”

The past few weeks have been especially difficult for many of Minnesota’s Black citizens who have had to endure a trial in which Mr. Chauvin’s defense strategy has focused on Mr. Floyd’s drug use, and has leaned on what legal experts and activists have described as the same sort of racial dog whistles that have cleared white officers of the murder of Black men in past police brutality cases.

At times, Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric J. Nelson, emphasized Mr. Floyd’s large size and his struggles with substance abuse, and presented testimony that he may have had “superhuman strength” that justified what seemed to be excessive force by the police.

If Mr. Chauvin is found guilty of murder, the verdict would certainly bring a sense of relief to many in the community. But at the same time, any celebration of a conviction of one officer would be weighed against the reality of persistent racial disparities that Mr. Floyd’s death has forced Minneapolis to reckon with.

“It’s not a one-and-done thing,” Ms. Stamshror-Lott said. “Even if he’s found guilty, that is like literally scraping at the very beginning of all the justice reform that needs to happen, from the schools to the prison system, to the health care system, to everything in between. Yes it would be a victory, but it wouldn’t mean the system is changed.”

All along Lake Street last week, as new curfews were imposed by city authorities in the aftermath of Mr. Wright’s killing, there was a persistent hum of power drills. Shopkeepers were busy putting up plywood boards at cellphone stores and furniture shops; at Quruxlow, an African restaurant; at Mercado Central, a Latino market; and at Hook Fish & Chicken, a restaurant across the street from the Uptown Pawn Shop.

Most evenings, Mr. Patel, the owner of Elite Cleaners, has been at home watching screens: the news about the Chauvin trial on television, and images from the security cameras at his shop, looking for looters and ready to call the police.

Mr. Patel, 56, said his losses last year during the unrest meant he had to postpone his retirement. He was planning to stop working in three or four years but now may have to work until he is 70.

The plan he was most looking forward to must now be delayed.

“I have one granddaughter, and I wanted to spoil her,” he said. “That was it.”

As businesses across the city are boarding up, Mr. Patel has said he would not do the same, a small gesture of defiance and hope that things will be different than last year.

Looking ahead to the trial’s outcome, Mr. Patel’s wife, Pinkey, said simply: “God knows what’s going to happen to Minneapolis.”

John Eligon contributed reporting.

Tim Arango

This article originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Man Utd ace Paul Pogba gives scathing Jose Mourinho verdict and makes Solskjaer comparison

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hit out at the methods of his former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho. Pogba and Mourinho did not see eye to eye in their time together at Old Trafford, especially in the final few months of the Portuguese’s reign.
“Every coach has their own way to coach and deal with players, and as a player you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn’t suit you and sometimes it does.

“Ole has helped Luke a lot, it was a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proved he has the quality he always had and the trust of the manager.”

Mourinho was critical of Solskjaer’s comments following United’s 3-1 win over his Tottenham side last Sunday.

Solskjaer claimed he would not feed his son if he acted like Son Heung-min when the Spurs star went down under a challenge from Scott McTominay in the first half.

But Pogba says Mourinho was just keen to speak about anything apart from the result.

“I don’t know what happened, I’m sure Mourinho said something that would make people speak, that’s what he does,” he continued.

“We got the result we wanted, Ole knows it and we enjoyed that moment because we know Mourinho and we know what he likes. We don’t need this [war of words], we just focus on us.

“We won the game, he lost the game and he doesn’t want to speak about the game, he wants to speak about the dad of someone, that’s what he does. Everybody knows him, it’s very Mourinho.”

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Lando Norris gives bold verdict on Max Verstappen's controversial Lewis Hamilton overtake

Formula One steward and former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro was acting steward during the Bahrain Grand Prix and explained that Verstappen and Red Bull were not necessarily under strict instruction to give up first place.

“It was clear that both in the practice sessions and in qualifying, the driver who would come off the track at turn four would lose his lap time. That happened several times to several drivers,” Pirro told Corriere dello Sport

“Hamilton went over the track limits a little too often, creating a repeated advantage. That’s why [FIA race director Michael] Masi, the only one with the authority to talk to the teams, called Mercedes to warn them that if Hamilton did it more often he would get the black and white flag. That could eventually result in a punishment.”

Ex-Madrid chief's verdict on transfer plans in boost for Man Utd and Liverpool

Former Real Madrid chief Ramon Calderon has given the likes of Manchester United[1] and Liverpool[2] a big boost in the transfer window.

It comes after he revealed the latest on the financial situation at the Bernabeu.

Both Premier League[3] clubs have several targets on their shortlist, with the likes of Erling Haaland[4], Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane all linked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a striker and Borussia Dortmund hotshot Haaland is top of the list.

Real Madrid[5] are also heavily interested with Zinedine Zidane a massive fan of the Norwegian, who will have the pick of clubs in the summer.

Erling Haaland is wanted by a host of European clubs
Erling Haaland is wanted by a host of European clubs

Los Blancos are in the market for a winger as well and Mohamed Salah has caught the eye.

The Egyptian has long been on the radar at the Bernabeu, who have missed goals from wide positions after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo[6].

However, it appears Real will not be splashing the cash this summer as they have been hit hard by the Covid pandemic.

They are also sprucing up their stadium which is setting them back a fair bit.

And Calderon has explained how this will ultimately impact their transfer business when the summer window opens.

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Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Mohamed Salah

“There are always rumours at this time of the season,” he said on TalkSport.

“They are talking about Mbappe, Haaland… too many players.

“We [Madrid] are not in the best form economically-speaking because we are refurbishing our stadium spending a lot of money.

“It will be difficult to spend money in the summer.

“We always try to sign good players, we’ve been doing that for years.”

Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures on the touchline during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on March 21, 2021. - Leicester won the game 3-1. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to sign Erling Haaland

This would mean good news for the likes of United, who would see their chances of signing Haaland improve with Madrid out of the race.

And equally, Liverpool will be thanking their lucky stars as their prospects of keeping Salah for another season increase.

Kylian Mbappe remains the priority at Real Madrid, whose own situation is still unclear.

The Frenchman will see his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expire in June 2022 with the French club desperate to tie him down to a long-term deal.


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Lewis Hamilton: Schumacher gives brutal Valtteri Bottas verdict ahead of new F1 season

Meanwhile, Mercedes believe Red Bull have the fastest car going into the opening race of the season.

“There are a lot of unknowns,” Mercedes strategy director James Vowles said.

“No-one up and down the paddock can pinpoint exactly where they are.

“But there are a few trends that have come out. I’d say Red Bull are ahead on performance. They are the class act.”

Vowles added: “Red Bull are a fierce adversary, they’ve got a strong package and clearly came out of the box very, very quick.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp issues top-four race verdict with double Chelsea injury boost

Jurgen Klopp has vowed to keep ensuring Liverpool are simply focused on their own results, in the race for the top-four. It’s been a big weekend for the Reds, who have closed the gap on West Ham with Leicester, Manchester United and Chelsea also dropping points.
Now Liverpool are hoping to put their wretched form behind them as they look to kick on in the final stages of the season.

The Premier League champions earned a comfortable 2-0 victory at Bramall Lane courtesy of a strike from Curtis Jones and an own goal.

Klopp is insistent he will remain focused on Liverpool’s results, as opposed to what other sides are doing.

“It was very important [to win] because you can imagine plenty of people have written us off, that’s completely fine,” he told Sky Sports.

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Liverpool now turn attentions to Thursday’s Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Anfield.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have tightened things up defensively since he replaced Frank Lampard and pose a serious threat in the top-four race.

Klopp has revealed he could be set to welcome back both Diogo Jota and Fabinho on Merseyside.

He added: “Probably [both] will be with us [vs Chelsea]. Diogo was with us overnight in the hotel but he got sick.

“He was in the squad today but he got sick, I think he is ready for Thursday but I don’t know at the moment.

“Fabinho trained twice with the team, he should be close or ready with the squad, I’m sure.”

Jota has been back in full training this week but missed tonight’s clash through illness.

Fabinho is expected to return at centre-back despite a valiant effort from Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak tonight in Yorkshire.