Twelve jurors have returned guilty verdicts in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, a former white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who murdered George floyd, an unarmed black man, in May 2020.
Tuesday afternoon (April 20) news broke that Chauvin had been convicted of unintentional second degree murder (up to 40 years in prison), third degree murder (up to 25 years in prison ) and manslaughter in the second degree (up to 10 years in prison). It is also interesting to note that the trial did not have a suspended jury, nor a jury unable to return a verdict after deliberation and fail to reach a unanimous or majority decision.
Judge Peter A. Cahill, who presided over the trial, announced that Chauvin’s bail had been revoked and his bail released. Chauvin was also immediately remanded in custody.
Derek Chauvin’s sentence could potentially be lower because he has not been convicted before. However, his sentencing date has yet to be revealed. All we know now is that Chauvin will be sentenced in eight weeks.
According to a report by CNN Monday, April 19, the unintentional second degree murder charge “alleges that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death” without intention “by committing or attempting to commit third degree assault.” The third degree murder charge “alleges that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death by” committing an act eminently dangerous to others and by manifesting a depraved spirit, without regard for human life “. By” culpable negligence by which the person creates an unreasonable risk and knowingly takes the risk of causing death or serious bodily harm ”.”
CNN also reported that during the trial, five doctors gave testimony saying that “George floyd died of lack of oxygen due to Chauvin’s restraint of a handcuffed Floyd while lying down. “
According to The New York Times on April 5, a chief of the Minneapolis Police Department testified against Chauvin during the trial. “Continue to apply this level of force to a pronounced person handcuffed behind the back – that in no way, shape or form is anything that is political,” said Chief Medaria Arradondo. “It is not part of our training. And it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values.”
Derek Chauvin’s trial comes just under a year after video footage surfaced online and via social media from Floyd, also a former Houston rapper, killed while in custody. On May 26, 2020, the country saw Floyd pinned to the ground with Chauvin’s knee pressed against Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. Initial reports indicated that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, but the trial later revealed the timing was incorrect.
In the gruesome video footage, George floyd was heard pleading with Chauvin because he was unable to breathe. “I can’t breathe,” Floyd said. Floyd also moaned and informed Chauvin, who was accompanied by three other officers from the Minneapolis Police Department, that his body was in pain while in detention. “My stomach hurts,” Floyd said. “My neck hurts. Everything hurts …[I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer … I can’t breathe. I can not breathe. Floyd called his mother, who is also deceased.
The four officers, Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, were dismissed.
People at the scene told Chauvin that Floyd couldn’t breathe and asked the officer to let Floyd take off. The woman, who recorded the nation-rocking video, said Floyd’s nose started to bleed. She also asked the officer to check Floyd’s pulse, as he appeared “unresponsive”. Chauvin stayed on Floyd’s neck.
George Floyd was in the field until he was taken away by paramedics.
Before Floyd was aggressively detained, which resulted in his death, Minneapolis Police were responding to a bogus call.
Days later George Floyd’s death and protests calling for justice against police brutality swept across the country. Floyd is among countless others, including Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement.
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RIP George Floyd.
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