Derek Chauvin Trial: On Tuesday afternoon, a U.S. jury found Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of Floyd’s murder on a Minneapolis street last year, guilty on three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd, a Black man whose neck was knelt upon by Chauvin for more than nine minutes during his arrest, was pronounced dead about an hour after an ambulance had been called.
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Derek Chauvin found Guilty
Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence, and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades.
The jury of six white people and six Black or multiracial ones came back with its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days. Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
His face was obscured by a Covid-19 mask, and little reaction could be seen beyond his eyes darting around the courtroom.
The verdict was read in a courthouse ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire and patrolled by National Guard troops, in a city on edge against another round of unrest — not just because of the Chauvin case but because of the deadly police shooting of a young Black man, Daunte Wright, in a Minneapolis suburb April 11. The jurors identities were kept secret and will not be released until the judge decides it is safe to do so. Three other former Minneapolis officers charged with aiding and abetting murder in Floyd’s death will stand trial in August.
Floyd, 46, died May 25 after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market. He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a squad car. They put him on the ground instead.
Late George Floyd’s family finally heaved a sigh of relief as Derek Chauvin is convicted on all three counts in the death of George Floyd. Justice has been served for George Floyd.
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