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- George Floyd's uncle 'elated' by guilty verdict but continuing fight
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- "We were simply elated for the justice system," George Floyd's uncle Roger says in an interview with AFPTV after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering his nephew. But,Roger Floyd adds from his office in Raleigh,North Carolina,"we have to get right back on the bandwagon to move the process forward with what momentum we have right now." IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES - Roger Floyd,George Floyd's uncle
RALEIGH,NORTH CAROLINA,UNITED STATESAPRIL 22,2021SOURCE: AFPTVIMAGES (01:44)1. Wide shot Roger Floyd's office building2. Mid shot Roger Floyd's office building3. Tilt down from roof to entrance of Roger Floyd's office building4. Close-up lantern near front entrance of Roger Floyd's office building 5. Wide shot Roger Floyd walking toward his office6. Mid shot Roger Floyd walking toward his office7. Mid shot Roger Floyd opening office door and entering building8. Close-up Roger Floyd opening office door and entering building9. Mid shot Roger Floyd walking down the hall10. Mid shot Roger Floyd checking his notebook11. Close-up Roger Floyd writing in his notebook12. Close-up Roger Floyd's face13. Mid shot Roger Floyd cheking his phone14. Close-up office nameplate says 'Roger Floyd'15. Mid shot Roger Floyd's family photos16. Close-up nameplate says 'Roger Floyd,Agent'17. Mid shot Roger Floyd's office wall with a drawing and decorations 18. Close-up drawing on Roger Floyd's office wall19. Close-up Roger Floyd's eyes20. SOUNDBITE 1 - Roger Floyd,George Floyd's uncle (male,English,30 sec): "What happened with Chauvin's conviction,with his guilty verdict,it just allows us to exhale for just a moment. And when I say a moment,literaly for just a day or so. And then we have to get right back on the bandwagon to move the process forward with what momentum we have right now."21. SOUNDBITE 2 - Roger Floyd,George Floyd's uncle (male,English,29 sec): "We were all with joy. We were certainly gratified that we got the verdict that we anticipated - a verdict that we prayed for,a verdict that we hoped for. And that happened. Not only one count,but it was two counts,and then the third count. So we were simply elated for the justice system."22. SOUNDBITE 3 - Roger Floyd,George Floyd's uncle (male,English,28 sec): "During all of this crisis,during all of the devastation that as a family of losing a loved one that we have experienced,as you know,without a doubt,we've always remained cohesive as a family,exercising out faith,moving forward,keeping each other encouraged as we try to encourage others."
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newseriesGeorge Floyd case may spark US police reform,but hurdles remain By Robin Legrand with Michael Mathes in Washington
ATTENTION - ADDS new fatal police shooting of Black man ///Minneapolis,April 22,2021 (AFP) - The conviction of a white officer for George Floyd's murder raised hopes Wednesday in the Black community of a historic turning point in US justice,but the police killing of another African American cast a shadow over prospects for change.Derek Chauvin,led from a Minneapolis courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after being found guilty of all charges,faces up to 40 years in prison for killing Floyd by kneeling on the unarmed man's neck for more than nine minutes.The crime was recorded by a bystander whose video shocked the world,triggering mass protests across the United States and beyond,while also prompting a national reckoning on racial injustice and police brutality."But only with the passage of time will we know if the guilty verdict in the trial... is the start of something that will truly change America and the experience of Black Americans," Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd,the family's most outspoken member,wrote in a Washington Post opinion column."It's up to all of us to build on this moment."At the Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd was killed,now a makeshift memorial,resident Helena Sere was "overwhelmed" in the aftermath of the guilty verdict but felt it stopped short of justice for Floyd."Justice would be being able to bring him back," the 40-something African American told AFP. "But I would say the officer was made accountable for his actions,and I hope that's the beginning of change."But with Sere and other Americans expressing relief that a rogue officer faced his due and as President Joe Biden said the conviction could mark "a giant step forward in the march towards justice in America" another instance emerged of police using lethal force.Authorities in Ohio released body camera footage of an officer fatally shooting a 16-year-old Black girl,Ma'Khia Bryant,who appeared to be lunging with a knife at another girl."As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today,a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting," the Floyd family's lawyer Ben Crump tweeted Tuesday.Police in Ohio's largest city urged against a rush to judgment in the case,in which an officer shot Bryant 11 seconds after exiting his car."Deadly force can be the response the officer gives" when they are confronted with someone employing such force against another person,Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods told reporters when asked whether the officer should have used other means to de-escalate the confrontation.White House press secretary Jen Psaki lamented the "tragic" shooting as she described a disturbing pattern in which "police violence disproportionately impacts Black and Latino people."Another fatal police shooting of a Black man,Andrew Brown,happened Wednesday in the state of North Carolina during an investigation. The exact circumstances of the deadly incident were under investigation.While the Chauvin trial progressed in Minneapolis,the Midwestern city was rocked by the fatal police shooting Sunday of 20-year-old African American Daunte Wright.A memorial service was set for Thursday in Minneapolis,with civil rights leader Al Sharpton delivering a eulogy.
- 'Persistent' police misconduct -
Last year's killing of Floyd as he lay face down and handcuffed saying repeatedly "I can't breathe" has prompted some police reforms,but advocates including Biden say more is needed.On Wednesday US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department systematically uses excessive force and "engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing."Democrats in Congress demand what they say are long-overdue reforms,but they face opposition in the evenly split Senate.The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act a sweeping package that bans choke holds,combats racial profiling and restricts officer immunity passed the House of Representatives with support from just one Republican.Senate passage would require votes from 10 Republicans. None has signed on,although Biden says he will push for the bill.Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer vowed to "not rest" until Congress passes key police reforms,and cautioned against celebrating Chauvin's conviction as a final justice."We should not mistake a guilty verdict in this case as evidence that the persistent problem of police misconduct has been solved,or that the divide between law enforcement and so many of the communities they serve has been bridged," Schumer said. "It has not."
- Breathe 'better now' -
George Floyd's brother Rodney said Black Americans have been victims of deadly injustice at the hands of authorities for centuries. "We needed a victory in this case,it's very important,and we got it. And hey,we might actually breathe a little bit better now," he told AFP.Among the 38 witnesses who testified for the prosecution was Darnella Frazier,the teenager who made the viral video that was shown repeatedly at the trial.On Wednesday she was being hailed as a hero.Frazier "changed history with her phone and her courage to speak up," tweeted congressman Joe Courtney.Three other ex-officers involved in Floyd's arrest go on trial later this year.rle-mlm/jm/bfm
SCENEOn George Floyd Square,hopes for better days ahead By Robin LEGRAND
Minneapolis,April 21,2021 (AFP) - With its covering of flowers,candles and stuffed toys,George Floyd Square has long been a place of mourning and remembrance. But on Wednesday people gathered on the Minneapolis street where the Black man was murdered by a white police officer,daring to hope for change less than 24 hours after a guilty verdict was announced.Despite the freezing spring temperatures of the Midwest city,local resident Richard Moody,64,said he came "to pay my respects and hope that it's going to be a better day."The square,which likely would have been the epicenter of new protests had former police officer Derek Chauvin been acquitted,has instead become a sanctuary where people bring mementos and posters,and even come to dance. A white woman,kneeling in meditation,burned some herbs. Another,her child in front of her,took a selfie in front of a metal sculpture of a closed fist which now dominates the intersection.All the shops have stayed open,despite the tensions that swirled around the three-week trial,including "Cup Foods" where Floyd was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill,triggering the deadly interaction with Chauvin.
- Campfires and music -
Across the street,a campfire had been lit on the forecourt of an abandoned gas station,while speakers pumped out music. A Black woman holding a small child said over the phone,"I had to bring my Black son here."There was not a single police car to be seen,after the National Guard patrolled a city for weeks during the trial and downtown storefronts were boarded up. Among those present was Alvin Manago,a 56-year-old warehouse worker,who was a friend and roommate of George Floyd at the time of his death. He said he came Wednesday "to be here for my friend and to see all the love and respect everyone has given him.""I was happy,very happy,but I was sad at the same time,because it took me to lose my friend" in order to see justice done,he said of his reaction when he heard news of the conviction the day before. He considered the verdict "the first step in a positive direction."
- "The beginning of change" -
Debesai Tsfai,a 71-year-old retired technician,came to the square to "feel the liveliness of it," but said he was not sure the guilty verdict against Chauvin was really a sign of change."It's hard to say that. Will it continue? It needs to be seen,but it's a start," said Tsfai,who sees racism as a real problem in Minneapolis. "It didn't happen for nothing you know," he said,adding that from the outside,the city looks progressive,"but actually the condition of the Black (people),how they treat them and things like that,is under the rocks."People's thoughts are already turning to Daunte Wright,a young Black man of 20 killed on April 11 by a white policewoman in the suburbs of Minneapolis during a routine traffic stop. The police officer has since been arrested and charged. Wright's funeral will be held Thursday at a church in Minneapolis. A makeshift memorial to his memory has been installed just a few yards (meters) from George Floyd's."I have a son who is 10 and I'm already worried about what's going to happen when he starts driving,we shouldn't have to live like that," said Helena Sere,a self-employed woman in her 40s.Calling for police reform,she too said she hoped the verdict marked the "start of a change."rle/seb/jh/bfm
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