After 11 hours of deliberation, a jury of 12 reached a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges: second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He could face a maximum sentence of up to 75 years in prison.
Chauvin’s sentencing will occur within the next eight weeks. This is the first time a white police officer has been convicted of an on duty shooting in the state of Minnesota. The three other officers involved in Floyd’s death will be tried later this summer. They face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. All parties have pleaded not guilty.
At a press conference on April 20 after the verdict, Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother said, “Today we are able to breathe again.”
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