Derek Chauvin Found Guilty of All Charges


On Tuesday, anticipation was at an all time high in the streets of Minneapolis. Finally, a verdict was reached and Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd.

The jurors deliberated for over 10 hours in two days before a decision was reached.  When the verdict was read, this led to tears of joy and relief among those who tuned into the trial that sparked a global outcry of protests against police brutality.

After court was concluded, Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s younger brother, cried as he hugged the prosecutors. In a statement to CNN, he said, “To me, Emmett Till, he was the first George Floyd. It just wasn’t any cameras around. That’s the only thing that changed — the cameras, the technology. It helped open up doors because without that, my brother just would have been another person on the side of the road left to die.”

Although Chauvin was found guilty, many activists have said that the fight is not over for racial injustice. In response to the verdict, Rev. Jesse Jackson said, “We must break the backbone of legal lynching forever. Police killing people is getting away with legal lynching, so, we still have a lot of work to do, this is a first down, not a touchdown.”

Sofia Akel, a citizen in London who followed the case, told NBC News that “It was a mixture of relief and sadness because the guilty verdict isn’t justice, justice would be Black lives mattering in America and abroad.”

Derek Chauvin’s booking photo after charges.

A day after Chauvin was convicted, the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department for “possible patterns of discrimination and excessive force.” Attorney General Merrick Garland stated, “Today, I am announcing that the Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.”

After court, Chauvin was taken to a state prison, the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, to await sentencing. He has been placed in a segregated unit for his safety. Chauvin faces up to a combined total of 75 years for all charges. His sentencing will be announced eight weeks from now.

Regarding the other three officers involved in the death of George Floyd, Tou Thao, Thomas, Lane and J. Alexander Kueng will be tried together in August. They are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.