On April 20, 2021, the verdict that many people have been waiting for came in! “The nation stopped and then held its collective breath when word came down Tuesday afternoon that a verdict had been reached in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.” Chauvin was found guilty. The three major networks all stopped their programming to air the verdict. That’s something that has never happened before in regards to a verdict.
The collective airing of the verdict showcased an abundance of media coverage. All aspects were filmed and recorded. Including Chauvin being taken away in handcuffs, people’s reactions outside of the courtroom and throughout the country. Also, many news anchors and commenter’s thoughts and opinions. “The major and cable news networks did an outstanding job on a day that we knew was coming, but still came sooner than expected. The networks adjusted on the fly. The coverage wasn’t perfect, but it was good.”
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