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Nancy Pelosi Slammed For Saying George Floyd 'Sacrificed His Life For Justice'

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Nancy Pelosi Slammed For Saying George Floyd 'Sacrificed His Life For Justice'

Nancy Pelosi has come under fire for saying George Floyd 'sacrificed his life' for justice.

The former police officer who knelt on the black man's neck for nearly nine minutes, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of all three charges against him.

The Minneapolis jury agreed he was guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

After the verdict was read out, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi gave a speech outside the Capitol in Washington DC.

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"Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that, call out for your mom. 'I can't breathe,'" Pelosi said during a press conference with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

She added: "Because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous for justice."

However, loads of people took issue with the idea of George Floyd 'sacrificing' his life when he was actually murdered.

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One person said on Twitter: "What the f**k is this stupid s**t? He is not a freaking martyr! He was a victim of an oppressive system! What the hell she is even trying to say?"

Another added: "George Floyd was MURDERED. He didn't volunteer to get his life taken away. WTF."

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A third replied, saying: "How the heck does someone have so much time to prepare a speech for this occasion and yet come up with the classic 'thank you for getting murdered so that we can prove we will convict a murdering cop if he is recorded committing the murder in front of many witnesses'?"

Emotional scenes broke out across America after Chauvin's guilty verdict was read out and many have praised it as a significant step forward.

Chauvin was remanded in custody until his sentencing hearing in eight weeks.

The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is 'imprisonment of not more than 40 years', while the maximum sentence for third-degree murder is 'imprisonment of not more than 25 years'.

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The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter, meanwhile, is 10 years and/or $20,000 (£14,000).The murder case against Chauvin drew to a close at Hennepin County Court this afternoon after going to jury.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, George Floyd, US News

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