The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, earlier today welcomed the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of the George Floyd, saying that “any other result would have been a travesty of justice”.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, was convicted yesterday in the killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in May 2020.
It was the first time in the history of Minnesota that a white police officer has been convicted of murdering a Black person while on duty.
The Reuters news agency called it a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans.
“As we have painfully witnessed in recent days and weeks, reforms to policing departments across the US continue to be insufficient to stop people of African descent from being killed,” Bachelet said in a statement.