Derek Chauvin Was Found Guilty On All Three Charges In Death Of George Floyd
Yesterday, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd. The jury made up of 5 men and 7 women deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before reaching the decision. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds on May 25th leading to mass protests, looting, and unrest. After the verdict was released, his bail was revoked and he was placed in handcuffs and removed from the courtroom while showing little emotion. He was taken to a facility in Stillwater Minnesota where he will wait for his sentencing in 8 weeks. Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.
After the verdict, Floyd’s family, Reverend Al Sharpton, Attorney Ben Crump and other allies called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called the family saying “nothing is going to make it all better but at least now there’s some justice.” The other three officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, they have plead not guilty, their trial will be held in August.
A few hours ago, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department will be launching a probe into policing practices in Minneapolis following the conviction.