Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder — George Floyd trial

On April 20, 2021, after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, numerous Snopes readers turned to us for clarity as to the amount of time Chauvin could be expected to spend behind bars.

Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on all three charges against him: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Deliberations began on Monday and lasted just over 10 hours.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd "can be a giant step forward" for the nation in the fight against systemic racism.

Chauvin is expected to appeal against the verdict, U.S. media report. People hung out of their cars, honked and waved signs as images of Chauvin being handcuffed and taken into custody played on millions of TVs and phones across the United States.

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. And in the aftermath of Floyd's death, Keller said his administration intends to create a department to respond to some calls involving poverty, addiction and mental health challenges.

"Finally we did get some justice", Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, a Black man who died at the hands of police in New York City in 2014, said after pronouncing herself "elated" at the verdict. "Justice for us is saving lives".

Today's verdict has been hailed by many as a step in the right direction and people took to streets across the USA to celebrate the news.

"His family's calls for justice for his murder were heard around the world".

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers remain with George Floyd's family and friends.

On Tuesday, a jury found him guilty on all counts.

"Justice comes to those who deserve it", he said.

"A measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice", she said. "This verdict brings us a step closer", said Harris, the first Black person, first Asian American and first woman to be vice president.

"It's a new day in America", he said.

"This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement", Crump tweeted. The former police officer is now facing decades in prison.

A small group met face to face with some Las Vegas Metro police officers on Tuesday night in front of the Venetian hotel and casino before a short march to demand justice in another high profile police shooting death. "This verdict was words of healing for our culture and we needed to receive that for us to start the process of healing".

The widely watched footage sparked worldwide protests against racism and excessive use of force by police. In that case, the officer, Kimberly Ann Potter, who said she meant to use a Taser when she accidentally shot Wright, was charged with manslaughter.

And when Black people take to the streets in grief and anger after another killing by police, the White fear of Black retribution prompts businesses to board up, National Guard troops to be deployed and protesters to be subjected to even more police violence. Cahill said Chauvin's sentencing is likely eight weeks away. Chauvin had no previous criminal convictions. While the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled that Floyd's death was caused primarily by being subdued and restrained, the defense tried to argue a sudden cardiac arrhythmia caused his death.

Darnella Frazier, a teenager who told the jury she was walking with her 9-year-old cousin on the evening of Floyd's death, was also among the prosecution witnesses.

The Minneapolis police federation, a not-for-profit organisation representing police - thanked the jury for their "dedicated work" shouldering "an enormous burden".

Floyd grew up in Houston, where many of his family members still live.

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