In Photos: America Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Scenes from around the country after Mr. Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.,

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Photos: America Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Scenes from around the country after Mr. Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

Supported by

Continue reading the main story

Cheers erupted in Minneapolis on Tuesday after a jury found the former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last May.

The verdict capped a three-week trial that captivated America. With often-emotional testimony, prosecutors sought to highlight who Mr. Floyd was, repeatedly playing the widely viewed bystander footage of his death and arguing that Mr. Chauvin knew he was harming the man whose neck he was kneeling on, but did not stop.

During a news conference after the decision was announced, Mr. Floyd’s family and supporters celebrated but noted how rarely officers are convicted after using lethal force. Many mentioned Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white officer during Mr. Chauvin’s trial.

“He should still be here,” Mr. Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd said of Mr. Wright. “We have to march. We will have to do this for life. We have to protest because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle.”

The Times positioned photographers around the country to capture reactions to the verdict. Here’s what they saw.

— Aidan Gardiner

Imageimage
Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, people watched a live feed of the courtroom on a phone.

Image

Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

In Minneapolis, demonstrators gathered outside the Hennepin Country Government Center, where the trial was held.

Image

Credit…Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press

In Houston, where George Floyd grew up, television coverage of the trial drew viewers.

Image

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, the crowd outside the Hennepin County Government Center erupted with joy.

Image

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

At George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, a sign was updated near the memorial at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue where Mr. Floyd was killed.

Image

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, protesters celebrated the guilty verdict.

Image

Credit…Annie Mulligan for The New York Times

In Houston, Dennis Glenn and Greg Brown, alumni of Jack Yates High School, Mr. Floyd’s alma mater, comforted Ceci Munoz in front of the school.

Image

Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

In Minneapolis, Courteney Ross, Mr. Floyd’s girlfriend, cheered outside the Hennepin County Government Center after the verdict.

Image

Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

In Washington, members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked down the Capitol steps to address reporters.

Image

Credit…Aaron Nesheim for The New York Times
Image

Credit…Aaron Nesheim for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, Philonise Floyd, left, a brother of George Floyd, wiped a tear. At right, Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, held the hand of Donald Williams, who witnessed the episode last May.

Image

Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

In Washington, Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden addressed the nation from the White House.

Image

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, a band played at George Floyd Square.

Image

Credit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times

In Los Angeles, demonstrators celebrated from a street corner.

Image

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times
Image

Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times
Image

Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times
Image

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, onlookers embraced.

Image

Credit…Kenny Holston for The New York Times

In Washington, the guilty verdict prompted dancing.

Image

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, a demonstrator stood on top of a car.

Image

Credit…Aaron Nesheim for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, even grills were taken to the area near George Floyd Square.

Image

Credit…Carlos Javier Ortiz for The New York Times

In Chicago, where last week officials released video of Officer Eric Stillman fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, a small group protested at the Richard J. Daley Center.

Image

Credit…Earl Wilson/The New York Times

In New York, people consoled each other outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Image

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, demonstrators held picket signs with Mr. Floyd’s face outside the Hennepin County Government Center.

Image

Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times

In San Francisco, protesters gathered at the 24th and Mission BART station to celebrate the verdict and protest police brutality.

Image

Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times

In New York, demonstrators knelt in solidarity with Mr. Floyd in the glow of Times Square.

Produced by Heather Casey, Sarah Eckinger, Rebecca Halleck and Jennifer Mosbrucker

Leave a Reply