Jury Finds Ex-agent Who Killed African-American George Floyd Guilty Of Murder

The jury has found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges, who killed African American George Floyd. After the verdict, the judge will soon have to decide Chauvin’s sentence. Floyd’s death in May 2020 triggered a wave of protests against racism and police violence across the United States and internationally.

Chauvin, who has been left handcuffed from court, faced three charges: second degree murder, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and murder in the second degree (implies negligence), which carries up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty. Crowds of protesters have gathered outside the courthouse and at the place where Floyd was killed and have celebrated the conviction of the ex-policeman.

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Derek Chauvin kept his knee pressing on Floyd’s neck with all his weight for eight minutes and 46 seconds, resulting in his death. It all started when store clerks called the police because Floyd had allegedly paid for a packet of cigarettes with a fake $ 20 bill. In the images, which have become the main evidence of the prosecution, it is seen that Floyd did not show any violent behavior or pose a threat to the officers.

“We have walked with our eyes closed for a long time and today they are beginning to open,” said Courteney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend, after hearing the verdict. “This is going to be the first thing in a future of changes,” he added.

The jury has deliberated for 10 hours in the last two days and the trial has lasted three weeks in which 45 people have testified in total: 38 from the prosecution and seven from the defense. The jury is made up of six white, four African American, and two “multiracial” staff.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kemala Harris spoke to Floyd’s family by phone immediately after the verdict in a conversation that could be followed live. “The world is going to begin to change now. You have been an incredible family,” said the president.

“I would not call today’s verdict justice because justice implies true redress, but it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. For his part, the state governor, Tim Walz, has also indicated that “this verdict is an important step towards justice.”

The city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, who was in a fierce confrontation with then-President Trump over his reaction to Floyd’s assassination and subsequent protests, It has also been pronounced: “George Floyd came to Minneapolis to improve his life, but eventually his life will have improved our city.”

“We hope that this guilty verdict begins to show that white supremacism will not win. White supremacism has no place in a democracy, especially a democracy that is supposed to guarantee us our freedom to live,” the Black said in a statement. Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. “But let us make it clear that this brings us back to our loved ones.”

Amnesty International has pointed out that police reform is still necessary and recalled that the sentence represents “an exception, not the norm”.

The final verdict comes in a context of growing tension in the country after the death by police shootings of the African-American Daunte Wright, 20, in Brooklyn Center (Minnesota) and Adam Toledo, 13, in Chicago, both in The last weeks.

Before the trial, the Minneapolis City Council agreed to pay $ 27 million to George Floyd’s family as financial compensation for his death. The agreement will allocate, in parallel, $ 500,000 to the neighborhood where Floyd was murdered, according to the Associated Press.



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