George Floyd's Murder: Former police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of all charges

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By: Jeet Ghosh

Last Update: 2021-04-21 11:33:03 IST

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The former white cop from Minneapolis, northern United States, was found guilty in unanimous decisions by a jury of seven women and five men that deliberated behind closed doors for less than two days at the end of a three-week trial.

Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on three counts of murder and manslaughter for which he was charged in the death of African-American George Floyd, in a case that exposed deep racial divisions in the United States.

The former white cop from Minneapolis, northern United States, was found guilty in unanimous decisions by a jury of seven women and five men that deliberated behind closed doors for less than two days at the end of a three-week trial.

Chauvin, 45, could spend decades behind bars for Floyd's murder on May 25, 2020, which sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the world.

The 12-member jury - seven women and five men representing Minneapolis' racial diversity - deliberated behind closed doors for four hours Monday afternoon at the end of a three-week trial, and reconvened Tuesday morning.

For his part, the Floyd family's attorney, Ben Crump, praised the conviction and called it "a turning point in the history" of the United States.

"Painful justice has finally come for George Floyd's family," Crump tweeted when Chauvin was found guilty.

Chauvin killed Floyd on May 25, 2020, when he went for a complaint against the deceased African American, after arresting him for a complaint of buying cigarettes with a false 20 dollar bill.

The ex-cop was videotaped kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, even as the burly 46-year-old man, handcuffed, pleaded "Please, I can't breathe."

The images, taken by bystanders witnessing Floyd's arrest, were seen by millions of people inside and outside the United States, sparking anti-racism demonstrations in the weeks that followed.

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