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Across the US, a tidal wave of joy fills city streets after Derek Chauvin is convicted in the death of George Floyd

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From Minnesota to New York to Florida, Americans triumphantly flooded streets Tuesday to celebrate and mark the moment when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the death of George Floyd.

The largely peaceful demonstrations came as cities across the country prepared for possible violence that cropped up sporadically in last year’s protests after Floyd’s death, a landmark incident that sparked a reckoning in the U.S. over racial inequities and police brutality.

Some cities had already activated the National Guard as the Chauvin verdict loomed; others declared states of emergency. 

Chauvin, who is white, was found guilty by a jury on all three charges in the death of Floyd, who is Black: second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He could face decades in prison at his sentencing in eight weeks. 

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