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BREAKING: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty of Murdering George Floyd

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A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis Police officer who was filmed fatally placing his knee to the neck of late George Floyd for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020.

BREAKING: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty of Murdering George Floyd

Chauvin has been found guilty on all three counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The jury consisting of seven women and five men entered the deliberation phase on Monday, taking a total of 10 hours and 20 minutes to reach the decision which was read out on Tuesday.

Hannepin County Judge, Peter Cahil read the verdict, granting the prosecution’s request to revoke Chauvin’s bail.

“I have to thank you on behalf of the people of the state of Minnesota, for not only jury service, but heavy duty jury service:, the judge told the jury.

Derek Chauvin faces a maximum sentence of 40 years for second-degree murder, a maximum sentence of 25 years for third-degree murder, and a maximum sentence of 10 years for second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd. As the charges are for the same crime, Chauvin will likely serve the sentences concurrently instead of consecutively.

Ben Crump, the attorney representing the Floyd family, had the following to say in response of Tuesday’s verdict:

“Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd’s family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America.

“This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state. We thank Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and his team for their fierce dedication to justice for George.

“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.”

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