A panel of jurors has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, after one of the most closely watched criminal trials in recent memory.
Chauvin, 45, was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. With Americans on edge as they awaited the verdict, the jury announced that it has found him guilty.
It took the jury about 10 hours and 20 minutes to reach a decision, which was read late in the afternoon in a city on edge regarding the possibility of more unrest like that that erupted last spring.
BREAKING: Derek Chauvin has been convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
For the first time in Minnesota state history, a white police officer has been held accountable for killing a Black man.
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 20, 2021
Verdict in Derek Chauvin trial for death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020:
– Guilty: second-degree murder
– Guilty: third-degree murder
– Guilty: second-degree manslaughter
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 20, 2021