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Eagle-eyed observers watching the scenes as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd have noticed that Chauvin could be seen with something written on his hand as he was led away to prison.
According to reports from TMZ, Chauvin chose to write his lawyer's phone number on his hand because he knew that if he was convicted, his bail would be revoked and he'd be take straight into custody until he is sentenced eight weeks from now.
Chauvin's lawyer Eric Nelson confirmed to the entertainment news site that the former cop - who was convicted of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter - knew that his bail would be revoked should he be found guilty, and wanted to have the number to hand.
It is not yet known what the next steps for Chauvin will be, but there will be issues around sentencing and appeal that he may wish to discuss with his lawyer, and he will also be aware that he won't have ready access to a phone when in custody.
The ex-police officer is facing a maximum of 40 years in prison for his crimes.
Speaking after Chauvin was convicted, US President Joe Biden said that the killing of George Floyd 'can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America'.
He also said that this result - the first time a white police officer has been convicted of murdering a black person in Minnesota - must spur on the fight for racial justice, adding 'we can't stop here'.
In his televised remarks after the result, Biden said that the verdict against Chauvin was 'much too rare'.
He added: "We can't leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done. We have to look at it as we did for those nine minutes and 29 seconds."
Biden's Vice President Kamala Harris also called for reforms to policing in the USA, urging lawmakers to pass the so-called George Floyd Bill.
She said: "This bill is part of George Floyd's legacy. This work is long overdue."
Crowds gathered outside the court, as well as at the junction in Minneapolis that Floyd was murdered at, to await the result of the trial.
Upon the three guilty counts being recorded, cheers broke out, people chanted Floyd's name, and drivers honked their car horns.
At a news conference for the family, Floyd's brother Philonise said: "Today, we are able to breathe again."