THE jury has found Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges against him.
The 45-year-old has been found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
After nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttal on Monday, the 12 jurors – seven women and five men – were led away to deliberate.
Monday’s deliberations ended at 8pm without a verdict on any of the three charges. The jury then resumed on Tuesday where they reached a verdict just after 2pm local time.
The judge announced the jury’s verdict at just after 4pm local time on Tuesday. Following the news, Chauvin was seen being taken out of court in handcuffs.
Floyd died last May following an arrest during which Chauvin placed a knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
Caught on video, those tragic final moments led to widespread protests and riots across the US against police brutality and racism.
Chauvin, along with three other police officers present during the fatal arrest, was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department the day after the death.
45 witnesses were called to the stand in recent weeks – 38 for the prosecution and seven for the defense – including the Minneapolis police chief and other officers who have openly condemned Chauvin’s actions.
One person notably absent from the list of those to take the stand was Chauvin himself, who on Thursday invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
The trial has now entered its final stage. A verdict on each count against Chauvin could take just hours or even weeks to be returned.
Minneapolis transformed into a military fortress over the weekend, as the city braces for violence over the trial’s outcome.
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“It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off the whole world to see,” President Joe Biden said.
“Systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul.”
“This is the time for this country to come together, to unite as Americans,” he added in nationally televised remarks.
However, the President warned of those who might exploit the raw emotions following the verdict.
“There are those who will seek to exploit the raw emotions in the moment — agitators and extremists who have no interest in social justice,” he warned.
Law enforcement in Minneapolis and numerous other US cities had been bracing for violence in the event of a full or partial acquittal of Chauvin.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has been working with the Floyd family, released a statement on Tuesday evening, declaring: “Justice has arrived.”
“GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family,” Crump wrote.
“This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!”
George Floyd’s brother Rodney Floyd told MSNBC he was overwhelmed with emotional at the trial’s outcome.
‘CAN’T STOP HERE’
President Joe Biden said the United States must deliver “real change” for black Americans after Derek Chauvin was found guilty.
Speaking at a press conference in the White House, the President also slammed “agitators” for causing riots after the verdict was announced.
Biden on Tuesday called the murder conviction of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd a “step forward” but said such a verdict was much too rare in a country plagued by systemic racism.
“This can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America,” Biden said in remarks from the White House.
But Biden said the guilty verdict is “too rare” and “not enough”.
CHAUVIN ‘INVOLVED IN FATAL SHOOTING IN 2006’
Chauvin has reportedly been involved in a series of violent incidents during his time as a cop.
In 2006, he and five other officers shot and killed a man who stabbed his girlfriend and a friend, CNN reports.
Two years later, he reportedly shot a man twice after a suspected domestic dispute. The man survived.
And just three years after that, he was placed on three-day leave, along with four other officers, for his involvement in the non-fatal shooting of an indigenous man, The Daily Beast reports.
18 COMPLAINTS AGAINST KILLER COP
Since joining the Minneapolis police force in 2001, Chauvin has had 18 complaints filed against him, only two of which were “closed with discipline,” CNN reported.
A database that documents instances of police brutality listed seven complaints against Chauvin that have all been “closed” and resulted in “no discipline.”
Other reports documented his involvement in multiple violent and deadly cases of police abuse.
EX COP ‘SHOWED LITTLE EMOTION’ AS VERDICTS DELIVERED
Chauvin was immediately taken into custody after the guilty verdict.
He was walked into the cells with his hands cuffed behind his back.
The officer showed little emotion as the verdicts were read aloud.
However, he exchanged glances with his lawyer Eric Nelson. Mr Nelson said something inaudible and Chauvin nodded as he was led away.
The judge commended the jurors for their “heavy-duty” service while cheers erupted outside.
CANDACE OWENS CALLS CHAUVIN GUILTY VERDICT “MOB JUSTICE”
Controversial pundit Candace Owens slammed the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin and likened it to “mob justice.”
Chauvin, who was found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, was wrong tried, Owens argued while appearing on Tucker Carlson’s show.
“What we’re seeing is mob justice,” Owens said in response to Carlson. “It now means that the Democrats can get whatever they want.”
“The media and the Democrats now have enough power to bully and to lie to and to create propaganda,” she argued.
CHAUVIN TRIAL BROUGHT NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE TO LIGHT
Video evidence was largely used during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter against George Floyd on Tuesday.
In addition to the viral bystander footage showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, several other videos were shown to jurors and made public during Chauvin’s trial.
One such video showed police body cam worn by Officer Thomas Lane during Floyd’s arrest, showing Chauvin and Floyd wrestle to the ground as Chauvin grabs him by the neck.
Other videos released include Floyd’s 2019 arrest where he was pulled out of a car; the surveillance video from inside the Cup Foods moments before he was murdered, and the real-time street view caught by a police camera.
CHAUVIN TO BE ON SUICIDE WATCH WHILE AWAITING SENTENCING
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be monitored for wellness checks while in custody as he awaits his sentencing in eights weeks.
Chauvin, found guilty by a jury of all three counts of murder and manslaughter charges following the killing of George Floyd, was immediately cuffed following his guilty verdict on Tuesday.
He was brought to the Hennepin County Government Center where he was processed before he headed to the maximum security prison Oak Parks Heights.
There, he’ll be closely monitored to ensure his safety, with well-being checks required by state law on each inmate every half hour.
CHAUVIN SENTENCING WILL BE IN TWO WEEKS
Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Derek Chauvin’s trial, said the guilty former Minneapolis police officer will be sentenced in eight weeks.
As he was led away in cuffs after being found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter, Cahill said Chauvin’s defense will have to submit paperwork to the court.
This procedure involves a pre-sentencing investigation that acts as a sort of background check for the defendant, which will help the judge determine the length of the sentence.
The prosecution also filed a “Blakely” motion, which will push for an upward departure based on aggravating factors.
Chauvin waived his right to have a jury decide whether those factors are enough to justify a longer sentence, and instead will have Cahill make the decision.
He faces a maximum of 75 years in prison for the crimes, but would likely serve each sentence (40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter) concurrently.
POLICE KILL 15-YEAR-OLD BLACK GIRL IN COLUMBUS AS CHAUVIN VERDICT DECIDED
Police in Columbus have shot a 15-year-old Black girl, identified by her family as Makiah Bryant, in Ohio.
The teen was “fatally shot by police” just as the Derek Chauvin verdict was announced, allegeding she was brandishing a weapon.
Her family said she called cops because people were fighting outside her home.
PELOSI THANKS GEORGE FLOYD FOR SACRIFICING HIS LIFE
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a statement following Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict saying she thanked George Floyd for his “sacrifice” in delivering Chauvin’s verdict.
“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” she started at a press conference held with the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous for justice.”
WHEN WAS KEUNG WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL?
Kueng was released from the Hennepin County Jail on June 20 after being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.
He walked free just before 7.30pm, according to online jail records obtained by the Star Tribune.
Kueng was working his third shift ever as a full-time cop when he responded to call about a man using a counterfeit $20 bill at a deli on Memorial Day.
This is the shocking moment a truck drives into crowds celebrating as Derek Chauvin found guilty.
In another video, crowds can be seen surrounding the door of the vehicle and confronting the driver. One man hops up on the bonnet before the truck driver makes a sudden move forcing the man off of the vehicle. The crowd continues to shout at the driver before he pulls off to speed away.
WHO IS J ALEXANDER KEUNG?
The 26-year-old Kueng and three other officers were present when Floyd was arrested and later died on May 25, 2020, in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Kueng and two others were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
He was the youngest of the four officers who are facing charges.
All four cops were fired.
WHO ARE THE OTHER OFFICERS INVOLVED?
The city of Minneapolis identified the other three officers as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng.
All officers have been fired from the department.
WHO IS DEREK CHAUVIN?
Derek Chauvin was a police officer with the Minnesota Police Department. Chauvin became known worldwide after the incident involving George Floyd. On the evening of May 25, officers responded to a report of a “forgery in progress.”
Police had responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Floyd had used a forged check. After Floyd allegedly resisted arrest, officers dragged him from his car and pinned him to the ground.
It was then that Chauvin held Floyd down with his knee on his neck and his other knee in the middle of his back. The disturbing fatal encounter was caught on video by onlookers.
Also in the video, Officer Tou Thao can be seen to the right of Floyd ushering the crowds away from the scene. Both cops and other officers involved have been since fired.
Joe Biden has come under fire for “politicizing” the murder trial of Derek Chauvin after he said he was “praying for the right verdict” and called the evidence against the ex-cop “overwhelming”.
Leading the charge of outrage against the president is Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz, who said on Tuesday that Biden’s remarks could even lead to a mistrial in the case.
Seizing on the president’s comments earlier Tuesday, Ted Cruz said Biden may derail the judicial process or might have left a potential conviction open to appeal, on grounds of a mistrial.
“Joe Biden decides that Maxine Waters shouldn’t be the only politician foolishly providing grounds for a mistrial or a possible basis on appeal to challenge any guilty conviction,” Cruz said in a tweet this afternoon.
WATCH – ‘SO RELIEVED’
President Biden spoke with the family of George Floyd following Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict.
Attorney Ben Crump shared video of the moment the president called to speak with Floyd’s family and speak on how some justice is being served.
“Nothing is going to make it all better,” Biden said. “At least God, now there’s some justice.”
Biden said he and his Vice President Kamala Harris have been watching the trial.
“We’re all so relieved,” he said, adding, “Guilty on all three counts. It’s really important,” he added.
COP IN CUFFS
Killer cop Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of the murder of George Floyd on all counts prompting cheers from the crowd at the courthouse after a historic trial.
The 45-year-old former officer faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in jail after being found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM RELEASES STATEMENT
The governor’s office released a statement this afternoon.
Newson said: “The hard truth is that, if George Floyd looked like me, he’d still be alive today.
“No conviction can repair the harm done to George Floyd and his family, but today’s verdict provides some accountability as we work to root out the racial injustice that haunts our society.
“We must continue the work of fighting systemic racism and excessive use of force,” he wrote.
ATTORNEY GENERAL SPEAKS OUTSIDE COURT
Attorney General lead prosecutor Keith Ellison spoke outside of court following Tuesday’s verdict.
“I would not call it justice…but it is accountability which is the first step towards justice.
“Now the cause of justice is in your hands, the people of the United States…George Floyd mattered,” he said.
REP LEADS PRAYER FOLLOWING VERDICT
United States Representative and pastor Emanuel Cleaver conducted a prayer following the verdict that found Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges against him.
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER SPEAKS OUT
Schumer shared his thoughts in a tweet following the jury’s verdict on Derek Chauvin.
He said: “I’m thankful for George Floyd’s family that justice was served. America was forever changed by the video of Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd.
“However, a guilty verdict doesn’t mean the persistent problem of police misconduct is solved. We’ll keep working for meaningful change.”
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