Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges
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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Read The Independent’s updates and analysis below.
Bail revoked as Derek Chauvin is remanded into custody until sentencing in 8 weeks
The ex-cop was found guilty on all charges, second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Watch: Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges
Crowd erupts as Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder
Protesters gathered outside the Hennepin County court erupted in cheers as Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts of murder in the death of George Floyd.
Watch the reaction below.
OPINION: This is the beginning, not the end
The conviction of Derek Chauvin is a surprise: He was found guilty on all murder charges today and now faces up to 40 years in prison. We are so used to seeing white police let off the hook for killing Black and brown people that it’s almost hard to know how to react, writes Michael Crawford for Independent Voices.
“The conviction of Chauvin won’t bring George Floyd back. It won’t prevent white officers from killing more Black people, either. But it is an opportunity for us to finally say “Black Lives Matter” and believe it, and hopefully the beginning of work to transform public safety in ways that truly serve all people in all communities.”
When I was younger, I went to the police for help. Later, I learned not to
Black lawmakers revive calls for justice for victims of police violence after Chauvin verdict
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus revived their calls for justice for the victims of police violence and urged passage of sweeping police reform legislation backed by the White House following Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts for the killing of George Floyd.
“This is just the first step,” said Caucus chair Joyce Beatty, surrounded by lawmakers at the Capitol on Tuesday.
“We know clearly that justice has been delayed,” she said. “We will continue to say all of the names, we will fight continuously for all of those who died and who were injured senselessly by law enforcement … The mothers, the families, the children who are shedding tears today because the verdict will not bring back their family members.”
Alex Woodward reports on the reaction to the Derek Chauvin verdict.
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Painfully earned justice’, says Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump
Attorney Ben Crump said the family of George Floyd has received “painfully earned justice” in a turning point for American history.
“But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well,” Mr Crump said in a statement.
Watch: George Floyd’s family reacts to guilty verdicts
The family jumped out of their seats as judge Peter Cahill read out guilty verdicts on all three charges against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
Rodney Floyd says guilty verdicts for all victims of police violence
The brother of George Floyd dedicated the victory in the trial of Derek Chauvin to other victims of police violence.
“This right here is for everyone that has been in this situation, everybody, everybody,” Rodney Floyd said.
How long will Derek Chauvin get in jail and what does the George Floyd verdict mean?
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the murder of George Floyd, was found guilty on all three counts he faced by the 12-person jury on Tuesday.
After hearing 15 days of court testimony and deliberating for about 10 hours, the jury was able to reach a unanimous decision on the three charges.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Mr Floyd on 25 May, 2020 – after he pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Danielle Zoellner reports.
Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder
‘We’re all so relieved’ Joe Biden tells Philonise Floyd from the Oval Office, reports
The president was joined by first lady Jill Biden and vice president Kamala Harris as they called the brother of George Floyd from the White House, according to multiple reports.
Biden also reportedly called Minnesota governor Tim Walz, who released a statement earlier calling the verdict was an important “step forward for justice” in the state.
While the White House hasn’t released an official readout of the president’s call to the Floyd family, their conversation can be overheard on the other end of the line in the video below posted by the attorney Ben Crump.
“Nothing is going to make it all better but at least God now there is some justice,” Biden said.
“We’ve been watching every second of this, and the vice president, all of us, and we’re all so relieved not just for one verdict but all three, guilty on all three counts, and it’s just really important.”
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