George Floyd’s murder case verdict has been announced.
The former Minneapolis Police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes last year was found guilty of all three charges against him.
45-year-old Derek Chauvin was convicted on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
As being reported, the jury deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days in coming to their decision.
The judge said that the sentencing will take place in 8 weeks. State asked bail will be revoked.
As per the verdict the possible jail time to be served could be:
- 2nd-degree unintentional murder: 40 years max sentence
- 3rd-degree murder: 25 years
- 2nd-degree manslaughter: 10 years or $20k fine
George Floyd’s death in May 2020 had sparked worldwide protests against racial injustice led by the Black Lives Matter group.
This case has been one of the most consequential trials of the Black Lives Matter era.
It was for the first time a white police officer has been found legally responsible for the death of a black man in custody in Minnesota’s history, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the family of George Floyd, has shared a statement on social media, He called the verdict “painfully earned justice” for both the family and their community.
MEDIA ALERT: @AttorneyCrump & co-counsels release statement following #ChauvinTrial verdict of guilty, declaring it “painfully earned justice for the Floyd family & community.” pic.twitter.com/fC3V2Frdfb— Ben Crump Law, PLLC (@BenCrumpLaw) April 20, 2021
The whole world’s eyes have been set on this high-profile case. Here is how Twitter reacts to the verdict:
His name was George Floyd & he died because Derek Chauvin (a police officer) kneeled on his neck for 9 minutes + 29 seconds.— Naheed Dosani (@NaheedD) April 20, 2021
Today isn't the end. Today is just the beginning.
His name was George Floyd & he changed the world forever.#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
Relief that justice has been served. Sadness that it has been denied for too many & for too long. Hopeful that this is the beginning of change for humanity's sake. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd https://t.co/5F8BhL1i7q— Abdu Sharkawy (@SharkawyMD) April 20, 2021
Guilty on all charges. I am holding back tears on set. 🙏🏻 this is so incredible and I pray a step in the right direction for all racial injustices in this country 😭 #GeorgeFloydTrial— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) April 20, 2021
A white US police officer has NEVER been convicted of murder of a Black man – there’s been almost 150 in last 5 years. Let that sink in. We are all relieved but we are a long way from justice. It takes 9 minutes of being on someone’s neck. That’s the threshold. #GeorgeFloydTrial— Dr Annabel (she/her) (@SoSowemimo) April 20, 2021
May this be the first of many more guilty verdicts for cops who kill. And may we remember and honour the power of the BLM movement on our streets that bought us here. #GeorgeFloydTrial— Yasmin Khan (@yasmin_khan) April 20, 2021