Breaking: Ex-cop Derek Chauvin found guilty for killing George Floyd
A US jury has found former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin guilty of third-degree murder in the May 2020 death of George Floyd.
According to Press TV, the verdict was read in Hennepin County court on Tuesday as Black Lives Matter activists hit the streets to protest rampant police brutality in the United States.
Chauvin was found guilty of all the three criminal counts he was facing.
He faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.
In recent days, more than 3,000 National Guard soldiers, along with police officers, state police, sheriffs deputies and other law enforcement personnel have flooded the city.
After closing arguments, the jury began deliberations Monday afternoon.
Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck while he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
The conviction should not be represented as a panacea for structured racism, riddling the law enforcement and justice system, many activists have noted.
Minnesota’s Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reacted to the outcome of the trial.
“While today’s verdict is encouraging, it does not diminish the urgency with which we must continue our efforts to combat the epidemic of police violence in our communities,” said Jaylani Hussein, CAIR Minnesota’s Executive Director. “George Floyd received justice today in that courtroom, now we must continue advocating for justice for all, everywhere: in the legislature, where we’re fighting to pass bills to increase police oversight and end qualified immunity, in our own communities, where we come together to heal and build trust and mutual understanding, and in the streets, where every day we are organizing, marching, and strengthening our movement.”