News Headlines 4/21/21

CHAUVIN GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS IN DEATH OF FLOYD: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts yesterday (April 20th) in the death of George Floyd last May — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury returned with a verdict late in the afternoon, after about 10 hours of deliberations from when they started a day earlier. Chauvin immediately had his bail revoked and was taken away with his hands cuffed behind his back. He could face up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced in two months.

At a news conference after the verdict with Floyd’s family, his brother, Philonise Floyd, said, “Today, we are able to breathe again,” a reference to how his brother repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe as he was held down for more than nine minutes with Chauvin’s knee on his neck. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both made remarks after the verdict, welcoming the decision, but saying that more needs to be done. Biden said, “We can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen again.”

In August, the three other former Minneapolis officers who were with Chauvin when Floyd died will go on trial on charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

Judge Peter Cahill reads verdict: [“We the jury in the above entitled matter, as to Count 1, unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty. **EDIT** Count 2, third-degree murder, perpetrating an eminently dangerous act, find the defendant guilty. **EDIT** Count 3, second-degree manslaughter, culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk, find the defendant guilty.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC . . . the defendant guilty.)

Philonise Floyd: [“I’m going to put up a fight every day, because I’m not just fighting for George anymore. I’m fighting for everybody around this world. **EDIT** Today, we are able to breathe again.”] SOUNDCUE (:11 OC . . . to breathe again.)

Biden: [“We can’t stop here. In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that a tragedy like this will ever happen or occur again.”] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC . . . or occur again.)

[“We must not turn away. We can’t turn away. We have a chance to begin to change the trajectory in this country. That’s my hope and prayer that we live up to the legacy.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC . . . to the legacy.)

Harris: [“Today, we feel a sigh of relief, still it cannot take away the pain. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice. This verdict brings us a step closer and the fact is we still have work to do.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC . . . work to do.)

POLICE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, KILL TEENAGE GIRL WHO SWUNG KNIFE AT TWO OTHERS: Police in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed a teenage girl who swung a knife at two other people yesterday afternoon (April 20th), just minutes before the verdict was read in George Floyd‘s trial in Minnesota. Police officials showed bodycam footage last night — and unusually quick release of it — that showed an officer responding to a 911 call from someone saying they were being threatened. The officer gets out of his car and walks toward a group of people in a driveway when the girl, who was Black, starts swinging a knife at another girl, who falls backward. As the officer shouts to get down, the girl with the knife then charges at another girl pinned against a car. The officer fires four shots, fatally hitting the girl. The age of the girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, is unclear, with AP saying one family member said she was 15 and another said she was 16.

ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN SHOOTING AT NEW YORK SUPERMARKET: One person was killed and two others injured at a  supermarket in West Hempstead, New York, on Long Island late yesterday morning (April 20th) when an employee is alleged to have opened fire on three workers. A 49-year-old store manager was killed, and two other workers were injured. The suspect, 31-year-old Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, was taken into custody several hours later at an apartment building about two miles away after he fled. The shooting happened inside offices at the Stop & Shop supermarket above the shopping floor. Wilson, who corralled shopping carts at the supermarket, has a criminal record and had been taken into custody previously for a mental health evaluation.

RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER NAVALNY’S DOCTORS BLOCKED FROM SEEING HIM IN PRISON HOSPITAL: Several doctors for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were blocked from seeing him in a prison hospital yesterday (April 20th). Navalny’s health has reportedly dangerously deteriorated during his three-week hunger strike, and he was transferred to the prison hospital on Sunday. One of his attorneys saw him, and said, “He’s very thin, he must have lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds). He is very weak and appears to have difficulty speaking and sitting.” There has been international concern and criticism over Navalny’s condition, with U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price urging Russia to allow him, quote, “access to necessary and independent medical care immediately.”

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