Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges in death of George Floyd

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The jury has reached a verdict at the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

Posted: Apr 20, 2021 4:13 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2021 5:49 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) (UPDATED) – In the death of George Floyd, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges, including second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Each count carries a different maximum sentence: 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

The jury deliberated over parts of two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

During closing arguments Monday, prosecutors argued that Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd by pinning his knee against Floyd's neck last May in Minneapolis, ignoring bystanders and common sense.

The defense argued that the now-fired white officer acted reasonably and that the 46-year-old Black man died of an underlying heart condition and illegal drug use.

Chauvin's bail was revoked and he was taken into custody following the verdict.

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