Chauvin was accused of killing 46-year-old African American George Floyd, with excessive use of force, while in custody on May 25, 2020.
The jury’s decision has now been announced.
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The moment of death was captured in a video clip that was widely shared on social media, in which the policeman saw a knee on Floyd’s neck and back for more than nine minutes, while the detainee said he could not breathe..
The death sparked accusations of racism and successive waves of protests that on several occasions turned into violent acts.
Derek Chauvin was fired from the police before the trial. Three other security personnel, who have already been separated, saw the scene without interference, and they will be tried later this year.
Chauvin – who in the courtroom relentlessly heard the word “guilty” being pronounced three times in jury deliberations, for the second-degree murders, third-degree murders and murders, was taken to police custody, handcuffed, after he bent slightly in the direction of the judge.
Second-degree murder is punishable by imprisonment of up to 40 years, third-degree murder, a maximum sentence of up to 25 years, and second-degree murder, with a prison sentence of up to ten years.
For over three weeks, Americans were able to watch the previous Minneapolis police trial on TV. In total, dozens of witnesses were heard, including many experts who argued that Floyd was a victim of police measures and that the death occurred due to lack of oxygen.
George Floyd’s family attorney praised the jury’s decision and said the verdict marked “a turning point in history.” “Guilty!” Attorney Ben Crump said that justice, which was served painfully, was finally granted to George Floyd’s family, confirming that This ruling is a “turning point in history.”
In the United States, law enforcement officials are rarely convicted, or even charged, for deaths in custody, and Tuesday’s ruling could be seen as a sign of a change in the United States’ legal system.