Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd’s murder

After a three-week trial and around 10 hours of jury deliberation, the ex-police officer was found guilty on all counts


A jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.

After a three-week trial and around 10 hours of jury deliberation, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed Black man, died after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee on his neck for nine-and-a-half minutes on May 25, 2020. Chauvin’s knee remained on Floyd’s neck after he stopped pleading that he couldn’t breathe and became unresponsive.

The killing was caught on video, sparking months of civil rights protests against racism and police brutality in the United States and around the world. Bystander footage shot on cellphones was key evidence in the prosecution’s case.

Outside the courthouse in Minneapolis, cheers rose up from gathered crowds after Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill read out the verdicts.

Armed National Guard troops also patrolled Minneapolis and businesses were boarded up in major U.S. cities in preparation for violence in the event of an acquittal. The atmosphere surrounding the case grew more intense on April 11 after a police officer shot and killed 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb.

Following the murder conviction, Chauvin was denied bail and remanded into custody ahead of sentencing.

“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said during a news conference following the verdict. “But it is accountability.”

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Comments (1)

  • Frank Sterle Jr. April 23, 2021 08:14 PM

    Beginning as a young boy, I was left shocked and bewildered (especially after watching the miniseries ‘Roots’) by Black people being brutalized and told they were not welcome — while they were violently forced here from their African home as slaves! As a people, there’s been no real refuge here for them, since. In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, the narrator notes that, like the South, the Civil War era northern states also hated Black people but happened to hate slavery more.

    As a 53-year-old, it sometimes seems to me that a large number of human beings, however precious their lives, can be considered disposable to a nation. And when the young children of those people take notice of this, they’re vulnerable to begin perceiving themselves as worthless. It’s atrociously unjust and desperately needs to stop! Although their devaluation as human beings is basically based on their race, it still reminds me of the devaluation, albeit perhaps subconsciously, of the daily civilian lives lost (a.k.a. “casualties”) in protractedly devastating civil war zones and sieges. At some point, they can end up receiving just a few column inches in the First World’s daily news.

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