World Teen - Main Article
 
Signup Teachers & Parents
Guilty Verdict in Floyd Case
News Bytes 04/21/2021 275 Comments

After 10 hours of deliberations over two days, the jury in the case against the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, returned its verdict: guilty as charged. Derek Chauvin, age 45, was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday afternoon. He could serve up to 40 years in prison for his crimes.

Despite the ongoing sorrow of the loss of life that ushered in the court case, there was a sense of relief and even jubilation around the nation. In Minneapolis, hundreds of people poured into the streets, some carrying banners. Others wept openly. Drivers blared horns in solidarity with those celebrating. Some claimed justice had been delivered for George Floyd.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison was quoted on Twitter, saying, “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step toward justice.”

It is true that nothing—including the decision of the jury and the sentence yet to be mandated by the judge—will restore the life of the man who died while the police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes after he was handcuffed, subdued, and no longer resisting the restrictions placed on him. In that regard, human justice is limited. Only God can raise the dead to life again. For that reason, taking another human life—even in legal situations of duress and difficulty—must be treated with extreme seriousness. The circumstances and actions of those involved must be examined, evaluated, and judged.  

President Joe Biden welcomed the verdict. But he warned that it was not, in itself, a full solution. “We can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen again,” the President warned.

In the wake of Floyd’s death last May, protest demonstrations and scattered violence broke out in Minneapolis, around the nation, and beyond. In the months following the protests and riots, numerous states and cities restricted the use of force by police, revamped disciplinary systems, or subjected police departments to closer oversight.

(Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody. Chauvin was found guilty on three counts in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Court TV via AP)

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8

Leave a comment
  • Keep comments on topic and related to the subject matter of the article. (Off-topic comments will be deleted.)
  • Be respectful of everyone, including other readers as well as individuals in the news stories. Disagree politely.
  • Do not post links to websites outside of WORLDteen.
  • Keep personal information such as full name, age, location, and contact information private.
  • Read your comment before posting to be sure you have typed what you wish to say in public.
Sorry you are not allowed to publish comments. If this is the first time you are seeing this message please log out and back in. If you continue to see this message and believe this to be in error please reach out to member services.

Most recent comments

.

to the good old days

oh

when my mama said..

.

"lets just sleep" when I was stressed out

ohhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhh

i started the first page.

._.

._.

@Aryelle D

I was not trying to make an excuse.

@Aryelle D

What do you mean what I did is different?

@Kiara

I was saying that you weren't talking with an attitude like a stereotypical African American. The way you commented sounded as if you were making an excuse for telling Asher to be nice even though he wasn't doing anything wrong or mean.

@Aryelle D

Oh, ok. I was just saying since GF was black, I just don't know who to belive; I'm not trying to sound racist. I agree that BLM is but (just clarifying) I wasn't trying to make people feel bad I was just saying stuff. Does that make sense?

Typo

Bad not but.

?

Sorry, I must seem so ignorant! But I have a question, can somebody tell me? (I'd like the truth, not opinions) What was GF being arrested for anyway?

?

Sorry, I must seem so ignorant! But I have a question, can somebody tell me? (I'd like the truth, not opinions) What was GF being arrested for anyway?

Garrett v

GF got arrested for using fake money

@Aryelle D

Kiara J never made an excuese she simply said that she was half african american she never said i am aloud to say this because i am half african american also she may be a little mors sensitive then you on this topic people are different i respect your opinion but that doesent mean everyone else has the same thats called comunism

Garrett v

POG CHAMPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP TommyInIt

@GarrettV

bro i thought u were garrettG for a sec

This is a really ugly debate.

This is a really ugly debate... took a lot of unraveling to even figure out what was going on. @ Zach that is not an excuse for name calling.

@Micah

let them debate, everyone keeps on trying to parent this debate

@Micah

let them debate, everyone keeps on trying to parent this debate

This is so sad... I really

This is so sad... I really like police officers and I don't think the officer was guilty. I think maybe five years or so in jail is reasonable, and maybe suspend him from the police, but forty years is really silly. I seriously cried when I read this.

@DESAROSE S

To be more specific. The gas station clerk called the police telling them that a guy had given him counterfeit money. When the police arrived they confronted George Floyd. George Floyd when confronted put a white substance into his mouth (drugs). The police officer had noticed and asked George to get out of his car, George yelled at the officer asking why he was being arrested, but the officer at first didn't say (the officer has a right to not explain exactly why until the arrest is taken to court). George Floyd resisted the arrest and started to yell that he can't breathe. The officer realized that George Floyd OD and called the ambulance. At that time, George Floyd was trying to get out of the arrest and was moving and shouting. Because of George Floyd's resistance, the officer put his knee on him to stop him from moving, Because of the noise, multiple people came out and yelled at the officer telling him to get off of him and that GF didn't do anything wrong.
To make this faster
More Struggling. More yelling.GF says he can't breathe and screams MOMMY!!!! and then his breathing shallows, and he dies
So he was arrested for giving counterfeit money, having drugs in his car, and resisting police arrest

@Aryelle D

I do not agree with the organazation of black lives matter. Also if a police officers job is to keep safe and protect why when GF was saying he couldn't breathe did the officer not let him breathe and if you have watched the video he was seen not resisting and if he didn't want to get arrested why did he stay instead of just driving away. Also with the thing Derek Chauvin was found guilty of he is lucky it is only 40 years.

@Clinton

First of all, Why are you attacking everything I am saying
Second, what George Floyd did was worthy of a arrest just because someone is resisting doesn't mean that the cop gives up and drives away
Police officers are supposed to arrest someone when it comes to major illegal activities. Just because you think that George Floyd did nothing wrong doesn't mean what he was doing was against the law.

oh I have an example

When my mom went to go visit my cousin in LA county she was asked to get out of the car. In her case, she listened and got out of the car. They searched the car and apologized for telling her to get out, but they explained that the house they just visited is a drug house and that there have been people who sold and bought Drugs from the house.
The reason why I give this example is that if GF wasn't resisting police arrest and just listened, he would've been put in the police car and driven to the hospital, but George Floyd resisted and was yelling and resisting. So the police officer had to go to those extreme measures.

Garrett v

Or the police officer was racist

Garrett v

he went to the hospital because he was dead

Garrett v

where is your proof that he was yelling and resisting the video shows he wasen't resisting arrest and he was screaming because he couldn't breathe

Garrett v

i never said he did nothing wrong but what he did was worthy of arrest and not death

@Aryelle D

I am not attacking you its called a debate

@Aryelle D

why are you attacking @Kiara J

@Clinton

If you look at the bodycam video of the police officer, when he asks George Floyd to step out of the car, George Floyd says he can't breathe

@Clinton

I watched the footage again. I think that if you watch the WHOLE VIDEO from the beginning, you would realize a few things. The video explains itself. It took THREE Officers to try to get him in the car. He was still resisting three officers! So just look at it. then try to debate again

@Aryelle D

But the officer didn't have to be on GF's neck there are other ways to hold someone down

ok ok hol UP

1. The officer already had beef with Floyd before this happened

2. Floyd didn't go into the car because he knew how unfairly black people are treated in these sitiuations and he would probably be either killed or stay in prison forever or a very long time.

@Aryelle D

Christian understands

@GarrettV

big brain yessir

@Christian B

African Americans are not oppressed ok. That's the first thing.
Second, Chauvin was not the only person there, there were two police officers there as well.
Third, Yeah GF had some beef because he had already been found with drugs in his car once. He was scared because he knew that if they searched his car and found some again, he would be in big trouble.
Fourth, If there was a white or Hispanic person caught with drugs, they would be asked to step out of the car as well and then arrested
Fifth, the problem here is that George Floyd resisted his arrest and that he had OD on drugs, and gave a counterfeit bill to a store clerk (which is a forgery and is a crime worth an arrest)

@Christian B

Why would George Floyd be killed huh, explain that to me
cause from what you said, it sounds like If you are of African American descent, you automatically are a target and should be shot at.
That's pretty racist, Christian, and that's not how a Christian is supposed to act.

If a white person was found

If a white person was found with drugs in their car they would be arrested.

@N.M&A

See thats common sense

also

Most of the drug smuggling are actually done by WHITE people
Funny huh?

@ARYELLE D

ya know what's funny WHITE people smuggle drugs the most, yet for some strange reason the majority of the black population is in jail

@ Above

ikr...ppl are so blinded when it comes to "racism" and end up being "racist" by "accident" for instance, the stores around my home are now wearing t-shirt that says "We support Black families." and "Black families are our priority" but that in itself is "racist". Making is seem as though ALL white people "hate" black people. Which is 100% false!

@ARYELLE D

also do u not understand somehow that the officer's KNEE was on his neck? almost all of his weight was on this one mans neck. OK sure he was on drugs as u say, but having a knee on his neck for 3 minutes and 27 seconds should be considered a factor for his death.

That was to Arylee, not

That was to Arylee, not Christian

@Aryelle D

You act as if there is no such thing as racism you act as if in every sicuation that blacks and whites are treated equal i will say that some blacks over exaderate that but still thereis racism in this world do you think that if this was some radndom white guy and he acted the exact same as GF did it would result in the witeman's death. Also just a questition if you had to repersent one side whether it is the accused or the accuser which side would you choose

@Aryelle D

a lot of your proof is asuming things

@Aryelle D

a lot of your proof is asuming things

@GarrettV

yea that's why some of these debates get outta control bc we over-assume too much

@Christian B

No. The reason these debates get out of hand is that people like you don't use facts. Zach W may be wrong but he at least uses some facts to back up his argument while you just say whatever you can to contradict us.

Pages

Check out one of the interesting topics below
Explain IT!

Explain-IT trains you to understand the how’s and why’s of man-made inventions and ideas.

Learn More
Pop Smart

Pop! SMART provides tools that equip teenagers with the kinds of insights they need to wisely navigate today’s popular culture in a way that’s fun and engaging.

Learn More
Pie in the Sky

Everyone daydreams, and as it should be. Good dreams aside, our culture is a natural enemy of serenity and hope. God has equipped you for great things.

Learn More
People Mover

True stories are incredibly powerful. They bring meaning to our lives—communicating the truths we can’t afford to live without.

Learn More
Mud Room

Mud Room helps you relate to the news by exploring the details behind the stories in the headlines that relate to earth sciences.

Learn More
Globe Trek

Globe Trek will take you from the living room sofa to the mountains of Uzbekistan and from the screen of their smart phone to a Chilean plantation.

Learn More
Ka Ching!

ka-Ching! takes a look at important principles of money and economics through relatable examples from everyday life.

Learn More
Law 'N Order

Law ‘N Order captures your imagination through civics, focusing on the idea that everyone can make a difference in life.

Learn More

User login