Jury deliberations began earlier this week. On Tuesday, a racially diverse jury of seven women and five men found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd’s murder.
Floyd passed away on 25 May 2020 after Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes on a street corner in Minneapolis. Here’s what you need to know about Chauvin’s case.
Derek Chauvin trial: Verdict reached
America reacts to Derek Chauvin’s verdict
As reported by CNN, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, “George Floyd should be alive today”, and added that racism must be rooted out of the US criminal justice system.
In addition, Utah Senator Mitt Romney said he was “pleased that the temperature will hopefully come down a bit”. Romney said he has trust in the justice system, while D-CA 43rd District Representative Maxine Waters added:
“Someone said it better than me: I’m not celebrating I’m relieved”.
Watch: Derek Chauvin trial live stream – guilty of George Floyd’s death
A racially diverse jury of seven women and five men in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis reached a verdict at the end of a three-week trial. Former officer Chauvin was found guilty in unanimous decisions on all three charges.
The 45-year-old Chauvin could face decades behind bars. Likely up to 40 years for second-degree murder; as well as 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.
Once the verdict was confirmed, Judge Peter Cahill announced that the sentencing will take place in eight weeks time. Until then, the defence team will order a “pre-sentencing investigation report”.
Cahill also explained that the pre-sentencing report will be followed by a briefing in six weeks.
NAACP welcomes Chauvin’s sentence
‘Justice landed’ for George Floyd
While the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) welcome the sentence – saying “justice landed” – the organisation said the fight is “far from over.”
They believe justice was served but said: “No amount of justice will bring Gianna’s father back”. A portion of a statement issued after the verdict reads as follows:
“The same way a reasonable police officer would never suffocate an unarmed man to death, a reasonable justice system would recognise its roots in white supremacy and end qualified immunity. Police are here to protect, not lynch”.
NAACP said it would not rest “until all in our community have the right to breathe”.