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Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is expected to appeal his conviction after being found guilty on all charges in the murder of George Floyd.

The jury found Chauvin was:

  • Guilty of second-degree unintentional murder
  • Guilty of third-degree murder
  • Guilty of second-degree manslaughter

Joe Biden said the conviction of Chauvin in the killing of Mr Floyd could be “a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that “it’s not enough.”

Chauvin remains in the maximum security prison there and is currently under “administrative segregation”, otherwise known as solitary confinement, for his safety, a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Corrections told CNN.

On Wednesday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland launched a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis, which “will assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests”.

Sentencing was scheduled for 16 June, exactly eight weeks from today.

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George Floyd’s family learn verdict was in from CNN

George Floyd’s family learned that the jury had reached their verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial from CNN.

Mr Floyd’s brother, Philonise, found out that a verdict was in on Tuesday afternoon in a phone call from CNN reporter Sara Sidner, she told the news network.

“Verdict reached. I spoke with George Floyd’s brother Philonise. He hadn’t heard a verdict was reached in the Derek Chauvin trial. I felt bad for being the 1 to tell him,” she tweeted.

Graeme Massie has more on this story.

George Floyd’s family learn verdict was in from CNN

George Floyd’s family learned that the jury had reached their verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial from CNN.

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 21:20

Joe Biden cancels speech as world awaits verdict in George Floyd death

With the jury expected to return with a verdict at any moment, the White House has rescheduled Joe Biden’s remarks on the American Jobs Plan.

Via White House correspondent, Ken Thomas.

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 21:32

Derek Chauvin returns to courtroom as verdict to begin shortly

Prosecutors and defence attorneys have also returned to the courtroom as the jury is expected to deliver its verdict at any moment.

Follow live with The Independent.

Watch live as jury reaches verdict in Derek Chauvin trial
Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 21:32

Cup Foods shuts down in fear of not guilty verdict, reports

The scene of the death of George Floyd is closing in case Derek Chauvin is found not guilty for his death, according to Buzzfeed reporter Brianna Sacks.

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 21:37

‘Don’t test us’: Chicago mayor warns rioters ahead of Chauvin verdict

Lori Lightfoot is taking a heavy hand to looters that may be thinking about rampaging through her city in response to the Derek Chauvin verdict, per The Recount.

“Don’t, don’t test us. Don’t test us. We are prepared, and we are ready to arrest and bring to prosecution anyone who would dare try to take the dreams of our small businesses by looting,” she said.

“Don’t’ test us because we are ready.”

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 21:43

Joe Biden to watch verdict from West Wing, reports

The president earlier cancelled a planned speech in response to the incoming verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, and now there are reports he’ll be watching himself from deep within the White House.

According to a White House official quoted by CNN, Biden will be watching from the West Wing.

“You will hear from the President as soon as it’s appropriate,” the official told CNN.

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 21:46

White House may be preparing for response to Chauvin verdict, reports

Bloomberg correspondent Josh Wingrave has a dispatch from the briefing room that the TV feed is potentially being prepped for a response to the incoming verdict.

He also tweeted out a 5pm event on the president’s schedule to deliver remarks.

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 21:53

Court in session as jury returns

Verdict imminent.

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 22:06

Chauvin guilty of second degree murder

The charges are being read now.

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 22:07

BREAKING: Derek Chauvin faces up to 40 years in jail after being found guilty on all murder charges

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, has been found guilty on all three charges, including second-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years in Minnesota.

The jury came to the decision after hearing a wide range of testimony from witnesses presented by both the defence and prosecution during the three-week trial.

Although he had the option to tell the jury his side of the story, Chauvin declined to testify, after invoking the 5th Amendment in court in Minneapolis.

Josh Marcus has the breaking news.

Derek Chauvin found guilty of second degree murder of George Floyd

Jury comes to its decision following high-profile trial

Justin Vallejo20 April 2021 22:11

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