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Tennessee lawmakers react to verdict in Derek Chauvin murder trial

Tennessee lawmakers reacted to the verdict Tuesday evening.
Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges in George Floyd's death.
Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges in George Floyd's death.
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 5:45 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday of all charges in the 2020 death of George Floyd.

The jury came back with its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days. Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He could be sentenced to prison for decades.

Tennessee lawmakers reacted to the verdict Tuesday evening.

Memphis Senator Raumesh Akbari chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, and Nashville Representative Vincent Dixie, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, issued a joint statement reacting to the guilty verdict handed to Chauvin:

“A Minneapolis jury affirmed what should be true in all of America: Police brutality is illegal and no one is above the law. But George Floyd’s young daughter is still without her father. While this verdict is a new opportunity for healing and a relief for communities that have been rejected by the courts time and time again, we still have to confront the horrific culture of police brutality and ensure that accountability is the standard, not the exception.”

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