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Minneapolis Celebrates, Reflects After Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Sebastian Murdock, Adam Goldberg and Damon Dahlen
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London Williams, 31 bursts into tears on Tuesday after hearing that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. (Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
London Williams, 31 bursts into tears on Tuesday after hearing that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. (Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

MINNEAPOLIS ― Hundreds of people gathered in Minneapolis to celebrate the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder trial of George Floyd.

Chauvin was convicted Tuesday afternoon of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter. He killed Floyd, a Black man, last year when he kneeled on his neck for over nine minutes.

Protesters cheered as they gathered outside of Cup Foods, where Floyd was killed.

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Hundreds of other people chanted Floyd’s name outside the Hennepin County Courthouse, where the trial took place.

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Across the city, cars honked and people cheered following the verdict.

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“George Floyd mattered,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said during a press conference Tuesday. “He was loved by his family and his friends ... But that isn’t why he mattered. He mattered because he was a human being. And there is no way we can turn away from that reality.”

Here are some powerful images from protests and rallies on Tuesday afternoon:

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(Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman responds after Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict is announced outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on April 20, 2021.

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(Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Two women react to the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center.

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(Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

People cheer following the verdict.

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(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)

People rally outside of Cup Foods, the convenience store where George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin.

(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)
(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)

Demonstrators gather and relfect outside of the convenience store Cup Foods, where George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin.

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(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag outside the courthouse where Chauvin was convicted.

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(Photo: Stephen Maturen via Getty Images)

A man reacts to the verdict in Minneapolis.

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(Photo: Morry Gash via AP)

A man stands on top of a car in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict was announced.

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(Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

People embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center.

(Photo: Morry Gash via AP)
(Photo: Morry Gash via AP)

People cheering the guilty verdict.

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(Photo: David J. Phillip via AP)

Lee Singleton reacts to the verdict in the neighborhood where George Floyd grew up.

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(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)

Hundreds gathered outside the courthouse where Chauvin was convicted.

(Photo: Seth Wenig via AP)
(Photo: Seth Wenig via AP)

AniYa A celebrates in Times Square in New York after the announcement of Chauvin’s guilty verdict.

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(Photo: Brandon Bell via Getty Images)

People celebrate the verdict at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, where Floyd died.

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(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)

People hold up signs outside the courthouse where Chauvin was convicted.

(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)
(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)

Supporters of Floyd gathered outside the courthouse where Chauvin was convicted.

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(Photo: Sarah Silbiger via Getty Images)

A woman celebrates the verdict at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, D.C.

(Photo: Brandon Bell via Getty Images)
(Photo: Brandon Bell via Getty Images)

A woman cries after hearing the verdict at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

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(Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images)

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) embraces Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) as members of the Congressional Black Caucus react to the verdict.

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(Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Katie Mau, left, embraces Latora Green, right, after the verdict is announced in Sherman Oaks, California. Green has been standing in front of the Sherman Oaks Galleria on Ventura Blvd. and Sepulveda for 325 straight days.

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(Photo: Brandon Bell via Getty Images)

People celebrate the verdict at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.

(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)
(Photo: Adam Goldberg/HuffPost)

Two men wave Black Lives Matter flags outside the courthouse where Chauvin was convicted.

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images)
(Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Democratic Reps. Karen Bass (Calif.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.) and Joyce Beatty (Ohio) react to the verdict.

Adam Goldberg reported from Minneapolis.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.