Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murder and Manslaughter in the Death of George Floyd

A jury on April 20 has found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

The 12-member jury, composed of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial, has found Chauvin, who is white, guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a Black man.

The count of second-degree murder carries a maximum of 40 years in prison, third-degree murder carries a maximum of 25 years in prison, and second-degree manslaughter carries maximum of 10 years in prison.

The jury was sent to deliberations on the evening of April 19 after three weeks of expert testimony, video evidence, and witness statements. They reached a decision less than a day later.

Judge Peter Cahill revoked Chauvin’s bail after being found guilty and ordered that Chauvin be remanded into custody.

Cahill said that Chauvin’s sentencing will take place in eight weeks, without providing a specific date.

Derek Chauvin being remanded to the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department.

Floyd died last May 25 after Chauvin, a 19-year veteran, pinned his knee onto Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes.

A video of Floyd’s death circulated online and sparked months-long protests against police brutality and systemic racism around the United States and in other parts of the world.


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