Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges in connection to the killing of George Floyd.
The Minnesota’s Attorney General, Keith Ellison who heads a jury of 12 members convicted the former Police Officer of the all the charges levelled Against him.
Reading the judgement in Minneapolis, aired live by the BBC, Keith Ellison asserted that, no one is beneath or above the law.
Verdict is a turning point in history, says Floyd’s family members who reacted.
His offense is liable to 40years imprisonment for manslaughter.
The convicted Police Officer was caught in a viral video sometime last year torturing the deceased who was seen shouting “I can’t breathe”, until he gave up the ghost.
The former Minneapolis Police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes last year was found guilty Tuesday of all three charges against him in one of the most consequential trials of the Black Lives Matter era.
Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before coming to their decision.
Wearing a mask inside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Chauvin had no apparent reaction to the guilty verdict. Afterward, his bail was revoked and he was placed in handcuffs and removed from the court through a side door.
He was taken to a facility in Stillwater, Minnesota, about 25 miles east of downtown Minneapolis, officials said.
The second-degree murder charge said Chauvin assaulted Floyd with his knee, which unintentionally caused Floyd’s death. The third-degree murder charge said Chauvin acted with a “depraved mind,” and the manslaughter charge said his “culpable negligence” caused Floyd’s death.
Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter. Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about 12.5 years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge. In this case, the state has asked for a tougher sentence than the recommendations provide. Chauvin’s sentencing is set for eight weeks from now.