A nation following on television and other screens nervously awaited the verdict in case over the killing of George Floyd.

With a collective nervous energy, millions of people paused in front of television sets or other screens Tuesday for a verdict in the case that for nearly a year has exposed the raw nerve of racial relations in America.

Three times they heard a Minnesota judge, Peter Cahill, read the jury’s verdict declaring former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter for kneeling on the neck of a Black man, George Floyd, until he died last May.

Cahill’s words led to a visible release of tension, both in the faces of news anchors onscreen and in crowds captured by cameras outside.

“Thank you, Jesus,” responded anchor Don Lemon on CNN.

“My stomach isn’t in knots anymore,” said analyst Eddie Glaude on NBC.

“I do think this will restore some faith in the justice system that was so badly needed,” said Gayle King, CBS News anchor.

Because Floyd’s death had been so vividly captured in cell phone footage by bystanders, the case led to instant protests and reckonings on race last year, moments emotionally relived during Chauvin’s trial.

Shortly after Cahill polled the jury, Chauvin was taken into custody.

“The whole world just got to see that: Derek Chauvin led away in handcuffs,” said MSNBC’s Brian Williams.

On ABC News, commentator Sunny Hostin wiped away tears and spoke about her nervousness about the verdict. She said her 18-year-old son lives in South Africa, and she feels that he is safer there.

“I really believe that this is a movement that we’re seeing,” she said. “For that I am so very thankful that perhaps we will see real change, much needed change in this country.”

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