The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Sports world hails Chauvin conviction


The sporting world celebrated the conviction on Tuesday of former Minneapoli­s policeman Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd but cautioned there was still work ahead to achieve racial justice and equality.

The verdict followed months of protest in the United States triggered by the murder of Floyd, a 46-yearold Black man, last May that sparked a global movement uniting athletes around the world.

In an arrest captured on video, Chauvin is seen pushing his knee into the neck of the handcuffed Floyd for more than nine minutes outside the grocery store where he had been accused of buying cigarettes with a fake $20 bill.

“Thank God ... guilty! Justice has been served!!,” tweeted NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

There were reports leagues had prepared plans to postpone games if the verdict sparked violence but instead there were celebratio­ns on the streets and across social media.

“JUSTICE for George! The emotions I feel right now are hard to describe,” said Formula One’s only Black driver, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton on his Twitter account. “Derek Chauvin has been found guilty.

“This is monumental, George’s death is not in vain.”

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