(CNN)The world’s eyes were on Minnesota’s Hennepin County Courthouse as Judge Peter Cahill uttered the word “guilty” three times.

The collective sigh of relief that followed was not America’s alone. The gruesome torture and murder of George Floyd at the hands of the authorities sparked a global reckoning on race. And for a brief moment, there was the simple answer. Black lives do matter. There will be justice and there will be peace. America had done it. Leaders around the globe weighed in on US justice in an unprecedented fashion. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter that he was “appalled” by Floyd’s death and welcomed the verdict; his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau hailed “accountability” but insisted the fight against “systemic racism” must continue. But away from the news cameras that fixated for over three weeks on the trial of Derek Chauvin, the brutality of American law enforcement continued to take more Black and brown lives. Read MoreA few miles from the Minneapolis courthouse, Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a policewoman shouting “Taser” at a traffic stop. In Chicago, police released bodycam footage showing 13-year-old Adam Toledo being shot and killed with his hands up. And just 30 minutes before the verdict was delivered, a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, fired four shots at 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, killing her, while responding to a fight.Ma'Khia Bryant's death on the day Chauvin was found guilty is a reminder that we have a long way to go  Ma'Khia Bryant's death on the day Chauvin was found guilty is a reminder that we have a long way to go  Ma'Khia Bryant's death on the day Chauvin was found guilty is a reminder that we have a long way to go No one was shocked that the bloodletting continued. It was justice for Floyd that had people in tears of disbelief. But politicians were quick to declare victory and thank a Black man, who begged to live, for dying. “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the verdict. “For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that?” But the 46-year-old father was not a willing martyr or sacrificial lamb for the Democratic Party’s idea of justice reform. Floyd’s name is known to us only because he was murdered more gruesomely and more publicly than the thousands of victims that came before him. From the moment the police were called to that now-infamous scene of horror, Floyd was likely to be met with physical aggression. Between January 2008 and May 25, 2020, 65% of the people who Minneapolis police used force on were Black, according to a CNN analysis. That’s in a city that is just 19% Black. But the likelihood that Chauvin would face consequences for his actions was extremely slim. Only seven officers in the US have been convicted of murder in a police shooting since 2005, according to a group that tracks data on police crime. The number of people killed by the police in that same period is not known, because there is no national system of tracking the victims. No measure of the extent of the crisis. In pictures: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictIn pictures: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.A man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.Hide Caption 1 of 39People in Houston's Third Ward watch the verdict announcement.People in Houston's Third Ward watch the verdict announcement. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople in Houston’s Third Ward watch the verdict announcement.Hide Caption 2 of 39People celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.People celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 3 of 39Adi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee.Adi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAdi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee.Hide Caption 4 of 39Money is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Money is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMoney is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 5 of 39People hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.People hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 6 of 39A band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. A band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 7 of 39George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20.George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictGeorge Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20.Hide Caption 8 of 39A crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis. A crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 9 of 39People embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.People embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 10 of 39People celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed.People celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed.Hide Caption 11 of 39Vice President Kamala Harris is seen on a monitor making remarks about the verdict in Chauvin's trial as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House on April 20.Vice President Kamala Harris is seen on a monitor making remarks about the verdict in Chauvin's trial as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictVice President Kamala Harris is seen on a monitor making remarks about the verdict in Chauvin’s trial as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House on April 20.Hide Caption 12 of 39People in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue -- the site where George Floyd died in May 2020.People in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue -- the site where George Floyd died in May 2020. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue — the site where George Floyd died in May 2020.Hide Caption 13 of 39London Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC.London Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLondon Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC.Hide Caption 14 of 39CeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis.CeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictCeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 15 of 39A woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.A woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 16 of 39People raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.People raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.Hide Caption 17 of 39Fireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Fireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictFireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 18 of 39People embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta.People embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta.Hide Caption 19 of 39A demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis.A demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 20 of 39People listen to the verdict in New York's Times Square.People listen to the verdict in New York's Times Square. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople listen to the verdict in New York’s Times Square.Hide Caption 21 of 39Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill.Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill.Hide Caption 22 of 39A man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20.A man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20.Hide Caption 23 of 39People embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20.People embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20.Hide Caption 24 of 39Workers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20.Workers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictWorkers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20.Hide Caption 25 of 39The Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd's family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19.The Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd's family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictThe Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd’s family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19.Hide Caption 26 of 39Michael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19.Michael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMichael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19.Hide Caption 27 of 39Law enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19.Law enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLaw enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19.Hide Caption 28 of 39High school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.High school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictHigh school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.Hide Caption 29 of 39People gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis.People gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 30 of 39Demonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18.Demonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictDemonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18.Hide Caption 31 of 39Lightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6.Lightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6.Hide Caption 32 of 39Children walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The "Say Their Names" symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police.Children walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The "Say Their Names" symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictChildren walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The “Say Their Names” symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police.Hide Caption 33 of 39A television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1.A television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1.Hide Caption 34 of 39An activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30.An activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAn activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30.Hide Caption 35 of 39Locks spelling out George Floyd's name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30.Locks spelling out George Floyd's name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLocks spelling out George Floyd’s name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30.Hide Caption 36 of 39Roland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29.Roland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictRoland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29.Hide Caption 37 of 39Attorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd's brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd's nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29.Attorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd's brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd's nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAttorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29.Hide Caption 38 of 39A man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10.A man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10.Hide Caption 39 of 3906 chauvin trial reax 042012 chauvin trial reax 042014 chauvin trial reax 042016 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED18 chauvin trial reax 042029 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED28 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED23 chauvin trial reax 042026 chauvin trial reax 042017 chauvin trial reax 042015 chauvin trial reax 042032 chauvin trial reax 042013 chauvin trial reax 042011 chauvin trial reax 042010 chauvin trial reax 042008 chauvin trial reax 042024 chauvin trial reax 042027 chauvin trial reax 042025 chauvin trial reax 042005 chauvin trial reax 042019 chauvin trial reax 0420 NEW YORK09 chauvin trial reax 042004 chauvin trial reax 042003 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED02 chauvin trial reax 0420 RESTRICTED02 chauvin trial reax03 chauvin trial reax04 chauvin trial reax01 chauvin trial reax05 chauvin trial reax06 chauvin trial reax07 chauvin trial reax08 chauvin trial reax10 chauvin trial reax12 chauvin trial reax13 chauvin trial reax14 chauvin trial reax17 chauvin trial reax RESTRICTED16 chauvin trial reaxGeorge Floyd could have been one of the nameless and numberless, but his case stood out in every way. It was a murder exceptional in its brutality. Nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds of horrendous torture under the knee of a cool and casual uniformed White man, until Floyd’s death and even after it. The amount of evidence was overwhelming — and rarely seen in cases of police brutality. Every second was filmed from multiple angles, several witnesses were at the scene, and in a highly unusual move, the Minneapolis police chief turned on one of his own men and testified against Chauvin. And the response to it was unprecedented in scope and scale. A mass uprising rocked American cities, and demonstrators from Sydney to London expanded the movement to challenge the global systems of inequality that have bound people of color in Western society for centuries. Why Derek Chauvin got convictedWhy Derek Chauvin got convictedWhy Derek Chauvin got convictedAs the testimonies in Chauvin’s trial began, the White House was under pressure domestically and internationally to ensure a peaceful outcome that did not once again force capitals around the world to face outpourings of frustration from their own marginalized communities of color. President Joe Biden watched the trial closely, CNN reported, fearful of how a controversial verdict could undermine America’s stability and security. His concern was so deep that he cautiously commented on the trial before the verdict was issued, a near break with the constitutional oath that prevents elected officials from interfering with the independence of the judicial branch. As news came that Chauvin was guilty on all three counts, people gathered at the Cup Foods store in Minneapolis where Floyd was last seen alive, cheering and clapping. A woman kneeled down and pumped her fist in the air as the crowd roared “Justice!”But activists already fear the next chapter. Many worry this verdict will be used as proof that the American criminal system works because it put Chauvin behind bars. “We have to always understand that we have to march. We will have to do this for life,” Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, said after Chauvin’s verdict. “We have to protest because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle.””I’m not just fighting for George anymore,” he added. “I’m fighting for everyone around the world.” This verdict will not silence the bellows of pain from communities of color across the globe. That collective sigh was only momentary relief. Black life is still too cheap in America and in the UK and France and in every White Western country with a legacy of colonialism or slavery or oppression. The institutions of racism have not been eradicated. The brickwork remains at the foundations. One cop convicted of murder will not undo it.

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