Tears, joy, call to action as Chauvin is convicted

Tears, cheers and cries of jubilation in Minneapolis on Tuesday, as ex-policeman Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Near the intersection where Floyd was killed last May, now renamed in his honor, one woman fell to the ground in relief, while others demanded further action.

"I feel like the fact that we were able to secure justice for George Floyd means that we can secure justice for every black person who was killed by police."

Chauvin's conviction on all three charges - second-degree murder, manslaughter and third-degree murder - ends a three-week trial which has become the focal point of a national movement for racial justice.

"A measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice."

Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. President Joe Biden praised the verdict from the White House Tuesday evening, but urged more work to be done.

"It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. The systemic racism that is a stain on our nation's soul, the knee on the neck of justice for black Americans."

In a statement released on Twitter, former President Barack Obama wrote that "we know that true justice is about more than a single verdict in a single trial."

And speaking to reporters after the verdict, George Floyd's brother Philonise said his fight wasn't over just yet.

"I'm a put up a fight every day because I'm not just fighting for George anymore. I'm fighting for everybody around this world... People from Brazil, from Ghana, from Germany, everybody, London, Italy, they're all saying the same thing - we won't be able to breathe until you are able to breathe. Today, we are able to breathe again."

Marchers across the country answered that call to action on Tuesday, as they took to the streets in the wake of Chauvin's conviction, continuing to shout George Floyd's name.