PHOTOS: The Chauvin guilty verdict—a historic day

It was a day that many, especially community members in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, will likely never forget. On April 20, 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd almost one year since Floyd’s fatal arrest and aftermath rocked the nation. Find photo highlights of the day below.

“Today, we are able to breathe again,” said Philonise Floyd, following the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. The Floyd family, legal counsel, and supporters gathered at the downtown Minneapolis Hilton to speak to the press in celebration of the verdict. “I finally have the opportunity to get some sleep,” he said. Read more.

Before the verdict was read, community members had already started gathering at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis where George Floyd lost his life under the knee of former police officer Chauvin on May 25, 2020.

As news that the jury had reached its verdict spread, the crowd at the memorial site where Floyd lost his life, now called George Floyd Square/Place/Plaza grew in size. The crowd erupted with tears and relief when it was announced that Chauvin was found guilty on all counts against him in the murder of Floyd.

Find more stories, reflections and coverage of the Chauvin trial here.