Derek Chauvin is guilty of George Floyd’s murder. This artwork captures the emotion of Minneapolis' reaction

Mike Thompson, USA TODAY
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I'm Mike Thompson, the cartoonist and illustrator for USA TODAY. I grew up in Minneapolis, not far from where George Floyd died.

I came home this week to visit my mom, to see how my old neighborhood and the city have changed. And to wait for the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, which came Tuesday afternoon.

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I've been visiting notable locations — the Hennepin County Government Center, George Floyd Square (just blocks from where I went to grade school) — and other spots to draw, make videos and observe.

Then the verdict was read.

These sketches capture the mood and atmosphere I've seen so far.

The verdict

Celebrations broke out as soon as the guilty verdict was read. Word spread quickly that former police officer Chauvin had been found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last May.

Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

This illustration used at the top of this article came after I spent time with the people celebrating and managed to record a video of the mother and daughter hugging. Use the slider to see how their hug turned into an illustration.

Brianna Raine (left) and her mother, Marvalyn Raine, both of Chicago, embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis immediately after the verdict was announced on April 20, 2021.
Brianna Raine (left) and her mother, Marvalyn Raine, both of Chicago, embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis immediately after the verdict was announced on April 20, 2021.

I also saw people's raw reactions, which included a man pumping his fist and a woman reflecting on what had just happened.

Chanting, "I am somebody," Michael Ingram of Minneapolis pumped his fist in celebration of the verdict.
Chanting, "I am somebody," Michael Ingram of Minneapolis pumped his fist in celebration of the verdict.
Shannon Gavin of St. Paul held her hands to her heart after hearing the jury's decision.
Shannon Gavin of St. Paul held her hands to her heart after hearing the jury's decision.
A woman marched in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon following the verdict in the Chauvin trial.
A woman marched in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon following the verdict in the Chauvin trial.
A man leans out of a car window in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday
following the verdict.
A man leans out of a car window in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday following the verdict.

Before the verdict

George Floyd Square was eerily quiet as closing arguments were delivered.

The intersection where the 46-year-old died last Memorial Day was filled with memorabilia — flowers, stuffed animals, signs. The display was one of many found throughout the square.

Some of the hundreds of stuffed animals left in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.
Some of the hundreds of stuffed animals left in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.
Graffiti in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis
Graffiti in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis
Graffiti on a road construction barrier in George Floyd Square.
Graffiti on a road construction barrier in George Floyd Square.
Sign in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis
Sign in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Derek Chauvin guilty of killing George Floyd: Minneapolis’ reaction