Derek Chauvin found guilty in the murder of George Floyd

A. Porter, Editor In Chief

The trial of the ex Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, ended last week when the jurors in the case came back with a guilty verdict on all three charges after only 12 hours of deliberation.

On May 25, 2020, the world watched as the video of Chauvin restraining George Floyd by pinning him down with his knee on Floyd’s neck went viral. Floyd’s cries of not being able to breathe and calling out to his mother as he died started months of protests in cities around the globe.

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Before heading into deliberation, the jury heard the last arguments of the prosecuting and defense attorney.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson, “In this case, the totality of the circumstances that were known to a reasonable police officer in the precise moment the force was used demonstrates that this was an authorized use of force, as unattractive as it may be. And this is reasonable doubt.”

Followed by prosecuting attorney, Jerry Blackwell, “Why is it necessary to continue applying deadly restraints to a man who is defenseless, who is handcuffed, who is not resisting, who is not breathing, who doesn’t have a pulse, and to go on and do that for another three-plus minutes before the ambulance shows up, and then they continue doing it? How is that a reasonable exercise in the use of force?”

Chauvin appeared emotionless as the judge read the verdict of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin will return to court for sentencing on June 16. Chauvin could face 40 years for second-degree unintentional murderer, 20 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. According to Minnesota sentencing guidelines, the recommendation is 12.5 years for murder charges, and 4 years for manslaughter.