The jury found Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of causing the death of African-American George Floyd during an attempted arrest last May, and President Joe Biden congratulated Floyd’s family after the verdict.
A 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all the murder charges against him, after hearing for 3 weeks the testimony of 45 people, including passers-by, police officials and medical experts.
Deliberations began on Monday, lasting more than 10 hours, and ended with Judge Peter Cahill declaring the former police officer guilty.
So I owe the show guilty of second degree murder, which is punishable by imprisonment up to 40 years in Minnesota.
He was also convicted of third-degree murder, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, and second-degree manslaughter, which could add another 10 years behind bars.
The city of Minneapolis – the seat of the court-had seen intense security in anticipation of demonstrations against the jury’s decision if it was headed to acquit Chauvin.
Outside the court, a crowd of hundreds cheered as the verdict was announced, car horns honked and chanted George Floyd’s name, and protesters in other cities-such as Washington and New York – came out to welcome the court’s decision.
The White House announced that Biden had contacted Floyd’s family, expressing his “satisfaction” with the ruling, and Biden described the ruling as an “extremely rare”move.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis while being arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit 20 note at the time of payment, in which the officer pressed Chauvin on his neck, causing him to suffocate.