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LGBTQ community reacts after former cop Derek Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd

LOS ANGELES - MAY 30, 2020: Participants of protest march against police violence over the killing of George Floyd.
LOS ANGELES - MAY 30, 2020: Participants of protest march against police violence over the killing of George Floyd.Photo: Shutterstock

Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed on the ground. Floyd was a Black man and his death touched off days of international protest.

Related: Here’s how to support the fight for Black lives even if you can’t protest in person

Chauvin was charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Punishments range from 10-40 years varying on the charge.

Chauvin was convicted on all three counts. He will be sentenced after a separate hearing, but his bail was revoked and he was taken into custody.

Floyd’s death, among other instances of police brutality, spawned weeks of racial justice protests worldwide after a video of the killing recorded by a teenage bystander went viral.

The verdict was met with celebration and caution in the queer community as LGBTQ people reacted online. Many leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are part of the community.

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