Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who killed African-American George Floyd, has been found guilty on all three counts. He is now in custody awaiting sentencing.
Derek Chauvin, the 45-year-old white police officer who choked to death African-American George Floyd on 25 May 2020 by applying heavy pressure to his neck, was charged with three counts: murder, manslaughter and assault.
The 12 jurors met behind closed doors on Monday and delivered their verdict unanimously just a few minutes ago. Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts. The former police officer, who faces up to 40 years in prison, will be sentenced in eight weeks. In the meantime, he was taken into custody and taken to a cell in handcuffs. This verdict is a first in this country where white police officers very rarely pay for blood crimes against black Americans.
It was a historic verdict, in line with the wishes of the White House, whose head had declared a few hours before the verdict was handed down: « I pray that the verdict is the right one. In my opinion, it is overwhelming. I wouldn’t say that if the jury hadn’t retired to deliberate, » suggested Joe Biden, who had spoken to members of George Floyd’s family the day before. A new telephone discussion took place a few minutes after the verdict between the US President and George Floyd’s relatives. Official statements by Joe Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, on the verdict are expected later today.
In Minneapolis, outside the courthouse where the trial took place, there was an explosion of joy once the verdict was announced.
On 25 May 2020, the whole world discovered, with horror, the video of almost nine minutes of agony of George Floyd, an African-American man of 46 years suffering atrociously under the knee of the white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who leaned with all his weight on the neck of the victim handcuffed with his hands behind his back and lying flat on his stomach. This was the beginning of major riots across the US demanding justice. The verdict is a good start in the eyes of all the activists demanding justice in this case.