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Chauvin guilty verdict reaction, Ohio police shooting, hate crimes bill: 5 things to know Wednesday

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America reacts to a jury finding Derek Chauvin found guilty of George Floyd’s murder

Americans reacted to the news of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin being found guilty of all charges in the murder of George Floyd Tuesday with levels of joy, determination and fatigue. A sense of relief mixed with jubilation was palpable among Floyd’s relatives Tuesday after the verdicts were read. The family thanked the legions of advocates and protesters who pursued justice since Floyd was killed in May 2020. The joy and happiness certainly won’t subside in one night, but many know the battle for equality still looms and those in that fight will likely get back to work Wednesday. Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, who was surrounded by members of her caucus, said she and her colleagues agreed with the verdict, “But we want our message to be very clear that this is just the first step.” Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but he  is expected to appeal the verdict.

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