EX- POLICEMAN DEREK CHAUVIN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING GEORGE FLOYD

by Beatrice Ambasa
April 21, 2021

Derek Chauvin, Former Minneapolis Officer, was convicted of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man's neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the US.

Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.


Chauvin, who had been free on bail, was put in handcuffs after Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill read out the unanimous verdicts reached by the racially diverse, seven-woman five-person jury.

Wearing a facemask and displaying no visible emotion, Chauvin was escorted out of the courtroom by a deputy as one of Floyd's brothers, Philonise Floyd, embraced prosecutors.


A crowd gathered outside the heavily guarded downtown Minneapolis courtroom erupted in cheers, and some wept tears of relief when the verdicts were announced after a three-week trial that had an entire nation on edge.


Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump hailed the conviction as a landmark victory for civil rights and a springboard to legislation before Congress to reform police forces in their dealings with minorities. 


"This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement," Crump tweeted.


"Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!"


Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, said "a jury did the right thing", but "true justice requires much more."


Three other former police officers involved in Floyd's arrest are to go on trial later this year.