Derek Michael Chauvin today was found guilty of all three charges against him, regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on May 25, 2020. This former police officer is now a convicted felony murderer found responsible by a jury for the death of George Floyd. The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
Last year, during an arrest made by Chauvin and three other officers, Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, lying face down on the street calling out “I can’t breathe.” The next day, Chauvin was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department. He was charged with second-degree murder and lesser included offences. The incident set off a series of protests in the Twin Cities and across the rest of the United States, later spreading around the world. Chauvin was released on bail on October 7, 2020.
Chauvin’s murder trial began on March 8, 2021, and concluded on April 20, 2021. While knee-to-neck restraints are allowed in Minnesota under certain circumstances, Chauvin’s use of the technique has been widely criticized by law enforcement experts as excessive. On June 23, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that Chauvin had been trained in the dangers of positional asphyxiation and characterized Floyd’s death as murder.
The charges of murder and manslaughter, which carry sentences of up to 40 years in prison. Chauvin will be sentenced in eight weeks and is being held in custody.
The trial of the other three officers at the scene of his death is scheduled for August 2021.
The City of Minneapolis settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Floyd’s family for $27 million.