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Tuesday was a good day for America. Twelve jurors refused to look away and believed what their eyes saw in the damning video of George Floyd’s murder.
Justice in the case of Derek Chauvin will not be complete until the judge hands down his sentence in eight weeks. But for now, Floyd’s brother Philonise says he will sleep better. As will tens of millions of other Americans, the Editorial Board writes, because a jury in Minneapolis said their lives matter.
Before the verdict was read on Tuesday, the top story on Fox News centered on controversial comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters. The Democratic congresswoman said that if Chauvin is not found guilty, “then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice.” Republicans were not having it. Columnist S.E. Cupp writes that the selective outrage is a cheap and transparent distraction by a party that’s decided owning the libs is more important than owning up to their own misdeeds.
In Letters to the Editor, we learned about a system many police departments use in which officers in training are presented with various scenarios and must decide in an instant whether to shoot or not shoot. In response to Adam Toledo’s tragic shooting death, John Moravecek of Naperville asks people to see for themselves what it’s like to make a split-second police decision.
— Ismael Pérez, editorial board member

Protesters rally in Minneapolis on April 19 before a jury began deliberating in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Morry Gash | AP Photos
Protesters rally in Minneapolis on April 19 before a jury began deliberating in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Morry Gash | AP Photos
Guilty on all counts.
There could be no other verdict, given the overwhelming evidence against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
Yet, it was still a historic moment Tuesday when Judge Peter A. Cahill read the jury’s verdicts against Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer. The jury convicted Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Those 12 jurors — a cross-section of America, with six whites, four African Americans and two people who identified as multiracial — refused to look away. They believed what their eyes saw in the damning video of Floyd’s murder, played over and over again in a Minneapolis courtroom as Chauvin’s trial unfolded over three weeks.
How could they not convict? They saw the video, taken by a teenager with a cell phone, of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. They heard Floyd say “I can’t breathe” 27 times. They heard bystanders plead with Chauvin to get off Floyd.
Beyond the damning video, seen around the world since Floyd’s killing last Memorial Day, jurors saw something else that made this trial so historic: Cops themselves finally crossing the thin blue line to testify against one of their own.
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board is the opinion voice of the hardest-working newspaper in America. It is headed by editorial page editor Tom McNamee and includes Thomas FrisbieLorraine ForteLee BeyIsmael Pérez and Mary Mitchell as members.
What others have to say
S.E. Cupp on the Republican outrage over the Maxine Waters comments:
It’s almost as if right-wing media would rather talk about something other than the killing of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a white police officer.
Republicans’ outrage over Maxine Waters rings hollow
More editorials we published this week
Ruben Roman, the grown man who apparently led Adam Toledo astray, belongs behind bars pending trial
If the Illinois Senate cares about Chicago kids, it’ll kill a terrible bill for an elected school board
In your words
“People must realize that the police don’t have the luxury to sit back during a fast-moving, stressful situation involving a gun.”
— John Moravecek, Naperville
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