In Minneapolis, a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of killing African-American George Floyd.
He was found guilty on all three counts of the charge against him.
Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for killing an African-American man while in custody. The final sentence will be announced in eight weeks.
United States President Joe Biden welcomed Chauvin’s conviction. He called the court’s decision a “step forward.” The White House chief said such a step forward verdict was very rare in a country plagued by systemic racism.
“This could be a giant step forward toward justice in America. It was murder in the light of day. And the whole world saw systemic racism – a stain on the soul of our nation, a knee on the neck of African Americans,” Biden said.
For his part, former President Barack Obama called the jury’s decision the right thing to do.
“The jury in Minneapolis did the right thing today. For nearly a year, George Floyd’s death under the knee of a police officer has echoed around the world – inspiring marches, living room conversations and the passage of new legislation. But there always remained a more fundamental question: would justice prevail? At least in this case we have an answer. But if we are honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is much more than a single verdict in a single trial,” Obama emphasized in a joint statement with First Lady Michelle.