(CNN)Derek Chauvin is guilty of killing George Floyd. A jury convicted the White former Minneapolis cop who knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes, killing him and sparking a year of reckoning about US policing and how it is applied differently to Black Americans.
A unanimous and diverse jury needed just 10 hours of deliberations to hand down its verdict -- guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin won't be sentenced until June, but he will go to jail now.
"That's what justice looks like," CNN commentator Van Jones said after the verdict was read. "When people -- all we want is the police to obey the law. We're not asking for anything but that, for the police to obey the law, and when they break the law they should have handcuffs just like anybody else. We don't want them to be below us or beneath us; they should obey the law. That is what justice looks like."
People across the country, most particularly Minneapolis, had been on edge, fearing that despite overwhelming evidence, Chauvin could be acquitted.
The conviction has the feel of a historical turning point. "You have 60-plus years of this type of brutality. Emmett Till didn't get justice. Rodney King didn't get justice," said Jones, pointing to previous trials of White crimes against Black men that ended in acquittals.
Jones also noted the protest movement helped lead to this conviction. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison felt the need to take over the case from local prosecutors.
Hit record. Speaking after the verdict, Ellison praised, in particular, the people who had stopped to raise their phones and record Floyd's death. "They stopped and they raised their voices because they knew what they were seeing was wrong," he said.
"This verdict is but a piece of it," Harris said, before the verdict. "And it will not heal the pain that existed for generations, that has existed for generations among people who have experienced and firsthand witnessed what now a broader public is seeing because of smartphones and the ubiquity of our ability to videotape in real time what is happening in front of our faces. And that is the reality of it."
Momentum for change is real. "This is a moment we can't waste," said the former DC and Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, pointing to police reform efforts around the country. "There has to be reform, and we can't take a deep breath and say this is over. This is all one case. It's tragic, but it's one case. There's a lot that still needs to be done, and I hope we don't lose sight of that."
Ramsey called the verdict "the right verdict" after it was read and said that while he was proud of the 50 years he's spent in law enforcement, this is the moment to seize change. He expressed disappointment that Biden is not choosing police reform as his next major priority to push in Congress.
The right verdict. Before a verdict had been handed down but after the jury was sequestered, Biden let fly with his opinion of the trial.
"It's overwhelming, in my view," Biden said in the Oval Office, where he was meeting with Hispanic lawmakers, referring to evidence in the case. "I wouldn't say that unless the jury was sequestered."
On one hand, there's no question what in Biden's mind the right verdict was. He referred to "overwhelming evidence" -- the video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes -- and he knew that the state of Minnesota and cities across the country could witness violence from angry protesters if Chauvin were not convicted.
On the other hand, the President has got to respect the judicial system and, rather than fire protesters up, calm them down.
But he does have some issues with the party he used to lead.
"I would describe it as isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist," he said, pushing Congress to tone down the rhetoric to pass a comprehensive immigration revamp, which has been an unachievable goal on Capitol Hill since his fellow Republicans used the filibuster to kill a version he supported back in 2007.