George Flyod: Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

20 Apr 2021

At 16:06 local time, a jury delivered a verdict of guilty for police officer Derek Chauvin who killed black man George Floyd last May.

Chauvin a white officer pinned his knee on the 46-year-old unarmed black man’s neck for more than nine minutes triggering global protests, eruptions of violence and calls for an examination of racism and policing in the U.S.

The landmark verdict sees Chauvin become the first case in Minnesota state history, a white police officer has been held accountable for killing a Black man.

The jury made up of six white people and six black or multi-racial people took 11 hours to come to their verdict with the whole trial lasting a total of 15 days. Chauvin who faced the charges of Second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter was found guilty of all three.

Chauvin led away in handcuffs after guilty verdict

Chauvin was handcuffed and led away to be remanded in custody – after showing no emotion during verdict. He will know remain in police custody until his sentencing.

Each count carries a different maximum sentence: 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

Leading up to the verdict US President Joe Biden had said he was “praying the verdict is the right verdict” in the trial.

This is a developing story.