In a horrific video that went viral last May, Chauvin pushed his knee into the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes.
A US Jury on Tuesday found suspended police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in the George Floyd case that took place last May. According to CNN, his sentence will take place in six to eight weeks.
The 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty of all charges including second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 people including bystanders, police officials, and medical experts. He could face up to 40 years in prison for the first charge, 25 for the second, and 10 for the third.
In a horrific video that went viral last May, Chauvin, who is white, pushed his knee into the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes, as he and three fellow officers arrested Floyd, who was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a local grocery store. Soon after, protests broke out in support of justice for George Floyd and demanded police reforms and the right treatment of minorities.
Hailing the verdict, George’s younger brother Philonise got emotional at a press conference after the verdict and said
“Justice for George means freedom for all.”
– Floyd’s younger brother philonise
Llyod family’s lawyer, Ben Crump tweeted that the verdict is a turning point in history and “sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement.”
GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family. This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 20, 2021
President Joe Biden in a televised address praised the verdict but urged protestors to steer clear of violence. He described it as a “murder in the full light of day” and said it “ripped the blinders off for the whole world” to see racism, according to the AP.