Chauvin, 45, Was Accused Of killing Floyd By Pinning His Knee On The 46-Year-Old Black Man’s Neck For 9 Minutes, 29 Seconds, As He Lay Face-Down In Handcuffs After Being Detained For Using An Alleged Counterfeit $20 Bill To Buy Cigarettes [VIDOES]

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Chauvin, 45, Was Accused Of killing Floyd By Pinning His Knee On The 46-Year-Old Black Man's Neck For 9 Minutes, 29 Seconds, As He Lay Face-Down In Handcuffs After Being Detained For Using An Alleged Counterfeit $20 Bill To Buy Cigarettes
Chauvin, 45, Was Accused Of killing Floyd By Pinning His Knee On The 46-Year-Old Black Man's Neck For 9 Minutes, 29 Seconds, As He Lay Face-Down In Handcuffs After Being Detained For Using An Alleged Counterfeit $20 Bill To Buy Cigarettes

Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – in the death of George Floyd.

The jury returned its verdict on Tuesday afternoon after just 10 and a half hours of deliberation.

As the verdict was read out Chauvin looked on with no visible emotion in the Hennepin County courtroom, where jurors spent three weeks listening to testimony about the day Floyd died – under the weight of the 45-year-old officer’s knee – during an arrest on May 25, 2020.

Judge Peter Cahill thanked the jury on behalf of the state of Minnesota for not only jury service but ‘heavy duty jury service’.

The state moved immediately to have Chauvin’s bail revoked pending sentencing, which will happen in eight weeks. Judge Cahill did so and Chauvin was remanded into custody, and taken from the courtroom in handcuffs. On Tuesday night he was transferred to Oak Park Heights, Minnesota’s only maximum security prison.

Chauvin faces a minimum sentence of 12.5 years and maximum of 40 years if he serves terms for each charge concurrently.

If served consecutively, he faces between 29 and 75 years.

Cheers rose from the crowds that had gathered outside the courthouse and down at the intersection of 38th and Chicago, now known as George Floyd Square.

Cup Foods, the store in which Floyd was last seen alive, shuttered its doors ahead of the decision.

President Joe Biden told the nation on Tuesday that the verdict sends the message that no one is ‘above the law’, as he demanded new action to honor Floyd after a killing he called a ‘stain on the nation’s soul.’

‘No one should be above the law. And today’s verdict sends that message. But it’s not enough. It can’t stop here,’ Biden said.

Floyd’s younger brother Philonise, 39, who took a knee at the courthouse steps at the start of the trial, was in court to hear the verdict read. He hugged Attorney General Keith Ellison and trial attorney Jerry Blackwell, whose voice was the first and last heard by the jury as he delivered both the state’s opening statement and their final rebuttal.

The jury sent their notice that a verdict had been reached at 2.30pm local time as Minneapolis and the country braced for potential violence stemming from the decision.

Jurors had not sent back any questions to the judge or asked to review any of the hundreds of exhibits entered in the course of the trial.

Non-essential courthouse staff were told to go home as Minneapolis battened down ahead of the verdict, with 3,000 National Guard members and 1,100 law enforcement officers keeping a watchful eye over the city that’s been on edge for weeks awaiting the conclusion of the trial.

  • Jurors had not sent back any questions to the judge or asked to review any of the hundreds of exhibits entered in the course of the trial 
  • Cheers rose from the crowds that had gathered outside the courthouse and down at the intersection of 38th and Chicago now known as George Floyd Square
  • Possible minimum sentence if served consecutively would be 29 years behind bars with a maximum sentence of 75 years
  • Possible minimum sentence if served concurrently would be 12.5 years
  • Verdict came just hours after President Joe Biden called the evidence against Chauvin ‘overwhelming’

Derek Chauvin is pictured in court on Tuesday as the jury found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin is pictured in court on Tuesday as the jury found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd

Chauvin was led out of the court in handcuffs after the verdict came down on Tuesday afternoon

Chauvin was led out of the court in handcuffs after the verdict came down on Tuesday afternoon

Nancy Pelosi THANKS George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’ in bizarre statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’ in remarks after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of three counts of murder and manslaughter.

‘Thank God the jury validated what we saw,’ Pelosi said at a press conference on Capitol Hill, referring to the video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.

‘Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice, for being there to call out to your mom,’ she said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for 'sacrificing your life for justice' in remarks after Derek Chauvin was found guilty

Speaker Nancy Pelosi bizarrely thanked George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’ in remarks after Derek Chauvin was found guilty

‘Because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice,’ she added.

Pelosi said she spoke to the Floyd family Tuesday afternoon.

‘Around three o’clock I spoke to the family, to say to them: thank you. God bless you for your grace and your dignity,’ she said.

She made her comments surrounded by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The lawmakers watched the verdict together in a room off the Capitol.

The speaker and other black lawmakers called for police reform, including the passage of The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

‘This is the first step,’ Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said of the verdict. ‘Today we start to change the world.’

The legislation would prohibit choke holds and no-knock warrants at the federal level, limit them at the state and local level, and restrict the use of qualified immunity, a legal shield for police against civil suits.

Congress has limited power to regulate the police, most of whom fall under state jurisdiction.

 

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