Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis law enforcement officer, was founded guilty Tuesday of killing African-American George Floyd after a racially charged trial viewed as an essential test of police accountability in the United States.
The jury pondered less than 11 hrs before finding 45-year-old Chauvin guilty of all 3 counts against him: second-degree murder, third-degree murder as well as manslaughter.
Chauvin, who had been free on bail, was placed in handcuffs after Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill read out the unanimous decisions by the racially varied, seven-woman, five-man jury.
Chauvin faces up to 40 years behind bars on the most significant charge– second-degree murder.
The 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police was seen on video clip kneeling on the neck of Floyd for greater than 9 minutes as he lay facedown and also cuffed on the ground claiming consistently “I can not breathe.”
The 46-year-old Floyd’s fatality during his May 25, 2020 apprehension for allegedly passing a fake $20 bill triggered protests against racial injustice and cops brutality worldwide.
Three other former law enforcement agents associated with Floyd’s apprehension are to go on trial later this year.