Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Guilty on all Counts!

Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday on all counts in the death of George Floyd, whose killing sparked worldwide protests and a reckoning on race in the U.S., reported CBS News. After about a day of deliberations, the jury found Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

Judge Peter Cahill read the verdict at the heavily secured Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, where the trial began last month. A cheer could be heard from the crowd of peaceful protesters that had gathered outside.   

Chauvin showed little reaction after the verdict was announced. Judge Cahill announced his bail had been revoked and Chauvin was led away in handcuffs. 

Cahill said sentencing will take place in about eight weeks.  

The jury — made up of six White people, four Black people and two multiracial people — heard 13 days of sometimes emotional testimony.  The jury was sequestered during deliberations, but was not sequestered during the earlier portion of the trial.

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