April 20, 2021
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After 10 hours of deliberation, Derek Chauvin has been charged guilty on all charges in the trial over the death of George Floyd by the former Minneapolis Police Officer.
Chauvin was convicted of all three counts of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds on May 25, 2020 while he was handcuffed and lying face down on the ground; ultimately leading to the 46-year-old’s death.
Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in Minneapolis. While pleading “I can’t breathe,” the father of five was surrounded by three other police officers — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao — as two assisted with restraining Floyd and one prevented bystanders from interfering with the arrest, respectively.
Before the verdict was made public, Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN “It’s going to be alright.”
“For the rest of the country, this will be an historic decision in this case,” recalled CNN’s Sara Sidner. “He also said something else about the fact that this case even came into the court, was even charged in the first place. He said, this is what should be happening and should have been happening in cases like theirs, with other situations between police and particularly police and African Americans in this country.”
According to NBC News, thousands of National Guard members and hundreds of police officers watched over the Twin Cities on Monday evening once jury deliberations began.
The trial of the other three officers is scheduled for August 23, 2021.