Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty by the Hennepin County court jury on all three charges in the murder of George Floyd.
With a large crowd, of all colour and creed, unified outside the court, waiting for the verdict with their fingers crossed, Chauvin was convicted on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020.
Following the reading of the verdict by Judge Peter Cahill, Chauvin’s bail was revoked and he was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
Later, Cahill said, “eight weeks from now we will have sentencing.”
The experienced officer, who is white, was caught on video restraining Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, even as the handcuffed 46-year-old Black man said repeatedly “I can’t breathe” and then died.
The shocking video, captured by bystanders and repeatedly replayed around the nation, ignited global protests against racial injustice, police brutality and quickly became seen as a landmark test of US police accountability.
The seven-woman five-man jury heard from 45 witnesses during the trial and were shown bystander and police footage of George Floyd’s final moments. They began their deliberations on Monday evening at the end of a three-week trial.
The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is imprisonment of not more than 40 years. The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment of not more than 25 years. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years and/or $20,000, as per CNN inputs.