MINNEAPOLIS (NewsNation/KSNT) – A verdict has been reached in the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin has been found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. A judge read the jury’s verdict aloud to the courtroom as cameras streamed it live.
Chauvin previously pleaded not guilty. He was taken away in handcuffs after the judge granted the prosecutor’s request to revoke his bail.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was declared dead after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against his neck for about nine minutes. Bystander video shows Floyd crying “I can’t breathe” multiple times before going limp. Floyd’s death sparked protests and civil unrest in Minneapolis and across the U.S. over police brutality, at points turning violent.
Chauvin was charged with unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 death, following an arrest that happened on suspicion Floyd used a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a convenience store.
The most serious charge, the second-degree murder count, carries up to 40 years in prison.