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Derek Chauvin found guilty in murder of George Floyd: 'Turning point in American history'

All jurors unanimously found Chauvin guilty. President Joe Biden hailed the verdict as a "giant forward in the march toward justice in America."

Derek Chauvin found guilty in murder of George Floyd: 'Turning point in American history'
Image Source: Getty Images/ People gather at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue following the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brandon Bell)

Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the death of George Floyd's death that could see the former Minneapolis police officer spend the rest of his life in prison. Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than at least 8 minutes, was found convicted of second-and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter by the jury. The conviction points to the 12 jurors unanimously agreeing that Chauvin caused Floyd's death. Chauvin was wearing a blue surgical mask and showed no emotion as Judge Peter Cahill read the jury's verdict. The judge also ordered his bail to be revoked. The disgraced cop was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom, reported NBC News. He will be booked into the Oak Park Heights state prison.

Image Source: Getty Images/ Hannah Gebresilassie (left) and Qri Montague (Right) embrace before joining other people marching through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021 in Atlanta, United States. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd May 25, 2020. After video was released of then-officer Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, protests broke out across the U.S. and around the world. The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges. (Photo by Megan Varner)

 

Chauvin faces up to 75 years in prison when his sentence is announced in eight weeks. "Today, we are able to breathe again," said Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd after the verdict was announced. Crowds gathered outside the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis and broke in cheers and celebrations after Chauvin was convicted. There was palpable relief on the ground and across America as news of the verdict reached different parts of the country. "All three counts! All three counts!" chanted the crowds. People honked cars and danced on the streets. Crowds could be seen carrying placards reading "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice for George Floyd."

Image Source: Getty Images/ People gather at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty on all three charges he faced in the death of George Floyd last May. (Photo by Brandon Bell)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/  Then US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama arrive to deliver the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service June 26, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.  (Photo by Joe Raedle) | Quote: CBS News

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ People in Times Square listen to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 in New York City. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer was found guilty of all three charges in the murder of George Floyd. (Photo by David Dee Delgado)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ People march through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, United States.  (Photo by Megan Varner)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ People sit in Times Square as the verdict in the Derek Chauvin's trial is displayed on a billboard on April 20 in New York City. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd May 25, 2020. (Photo by David Dee Delgado)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ Attorney Ben Crump react during a news conference following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty today on all three charges he faced in the death of George Floyd last May. (Photo by Nathan Howard) | CBS News

 

Image Source: Getty Images/People react after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 In Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ People listen to the live reading of the verdict at the Derek Chauvin trial in Brooklyn on April 20 in New York City. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty and has been convicted of murder for killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. (Photo by Spencer Platt)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ Roxie Washington (L) and Gianna Floyd, daughter of George Floyd, look on during a news conference following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nathan Howard)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ Mourners gather for a vigil for George Floyd following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nathan Howard)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ People march through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, United States. (Photo by Megan Varner)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ People march through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, United States.(Photo by Megan Varner)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ A person reacts after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Olson)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ People gather at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue following the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Brandon Bell)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ A crowd celebrates in George Floyd Square following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty today on all three charges he faced in the death of Floyd last May. (Photo by Nathan Howard)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ Charles McMillan (L) and Genevieve Hansen, witnesses who testified in the trial, embrace in George Floyd Square after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ Porchse Queen Miller speaks to a crowd before marching through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20 in Atlanta, United States.   (Photo by Megan Varner)

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ US President Joe Biden makes remarks as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on in response to the verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Cross Hall of the White House April 20 in Washington, DC. Chauvin was found guilty today on all three charges he faced in the death of George Floyd last May. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool) | CBS News

 

Image Source: Getty Images/ (L-R) Philonise Floyd, Floyd family attorney Ben Crump, and the Rev. Al Sharpton raise their fists following today's verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty on all three charges he faced in the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Nathan Howard)

 

The road to justice has been a long one for George Floyd, but never forget it started with the Minneapolis police claiming that the 46-year-old Black man was in medical distress at the time of arrest and had died at Hennepin County Medical Center, without ever mentioning that one of their own had kneeled on Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes. If it wasn't for that one brave girl, Darnella Frazier, who captured the incident on camera, George Floyd would have just been another statistic.



 

 

 



 

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