The verdict is in: GUILTY!
Minneapolis, April 20 (RHC)-- The jury in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has found him guilty in the killing of George Floyd last May. The 45-year-old Chauvin was found guilty of charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
After a three-week trial and 10 hours of deliberation over the past two days, the 12-person jury, consisting of six white and six Black or multiracial men and women, concluded that Chauvin was guilty of all three charges.
Chauvin’s bail was immediately revoked and he was escorted out of the courtroom with his hands cuffed behind his back. He will face sentencing in eight weeks and could be sent to prison for decades.
Crowds gathered in Minneapolis cheered as the guilty verdict was read. Shouts of “Say his name! George Floyd!” and “Guilty on all three!” were heard among the crowd.
“Justice for Black America is justice for all of America,” the Floyd family’s attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement, the Reuters news agency reports. “This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state.”