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Derek Chauvin: Jury Finds George Floyd Killer Guilty On All Counts

Derek Chauvin: Jury Finds George Floyd Killer Guilty On All

Derek Chauvin in Court, Photo Source: CBS8

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop responsible for the death of George Floyd, has been convicted by a jury on Tuesday after he was found guilty.

The killing of George Floyd sparked massive protests across the globe and many (including the family of the deceased) have hoped to find some closure as the trial of Chauvin began.

According to reports, the jury on Tuesday, April 20, found Derek Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

The jury's decision was made after a day of deliberations, with Judge Peter Cahill reading the verdict at the well-fortified Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis where the trial began last month.

The verdict brought a cheer from the crowd of peaceful protesters gathered outside and Chauvin showed little reaction as Judge Cahill announced that his bail had been revoked. He was led away in handcuffs.

Cahill disclosed that Chauvin's sentencing will take place in about eight weeks' time.

The jury comprised six White people, four Black people, and two multiracial folks. Their decision was made after they heard 13 days of testimony involving different individuals.

In his closing argument, prosecutor Steve Schleicher called for the jury to focus on the video clip showing Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for over nine minutes.

He said, "Beleive your eyes. Unreasonable force, pinning him to the ground - that's what killed him. This was a homicide." 

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