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Chauvin guilty verdict is ‘the first step in a long march’ to racial equality

The words of the United States Constitution “came to life today” with the guilty verdict for former police officer Derek Chauvin over the murder of George Floyd says US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman.

He said the day held particular “significance” due to the “centuries long struggle America has had with race”.

“That liberty and justice for all as guaranteed under the US Constitution, those words came to life today,” he told Sky News.

“We’re in a new age too where the availability of technology like cell phones that can take a nine minute 29 second long video can go out across the world and the world can see what those eyewitnesses saw in Minneapolis and that’s a game changer.”

Mr Jackson said the guilty verdict was “the first step in a long march” as there is “tremendous pressure” on the Democrats to use their power to pass legislation to ensure “deaths like George Floyd’s arise far less often and indeed never happen in the US”.

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