Derek Chauvin verdict: Jury finds the former officer guilty on all counts
By: Alyssa Wilson
After one day of jury deliberation, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder, Judge Peter Cahill announced Tuesday.
#BREAKING: After one day of deliberation, the jury finds former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the following:
✔ Second-degree murder
✔ Second-degree manslaughter
✔ Third-degree murder
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— Alyssa C. Wilson (@acwnews) April 20, 2021
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) April 20, 2021
Chauvin was initially charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd.
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A third-degree murder charge was reinstated during the start of the trial’s jury selection process.
The family of George Floyd received civil justice with a $27 million settlement from the city of Minneapolis.
The trial began on March 29 and after two weeks of witness testimony, closing arguments were presented on April 19.
Bail for Chauvin was revoked and he was remanded to the Hennepin County Jail after being taken away in handcuffs.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump reacted to the news of the verdict on Twitter.
Attorney Crump reacts following the verdict! pic.twitter.com/5uBhXsnJXi
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 20, 2021
BNC host Charles Blow said the verdict in the case is historic.
Mike Hill, host of BNC’s Start Your Day, celebrities and activists reacted to the news on social media.
Continued prayers for the George Floyd family & all the families who lost a loved one to a rogue cop. This is justice for Floyd & helps in healing but the hole in their hearts will never be fixed.
— Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) April 20, 2021
A guilty #verdict. But this fight for justice is not over. We have a lot of work to do. There is more fight ahead of us. But RIGHT NOW please take CARE of yourself. And let’s take care of each other. Prayers and love to the family of #GeorgeFloyd.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 20, 2021
Sending love and strength to Minn today, to the family and community of #GeorgeFloyd and so many others. Whatever happens, #derickchauvin killed George, we know this. Let’s continue to fight for a world where this doesn’t happen. #DefundThePolice #BlackLivesMatter
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) April 20, 2021
God knew just how much we could bear.
This is a turning point.
Let’s continue to correct everything that stands against love.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 20, 2021
Thank you Jesus! I’m in tears. May your legacy live on forever #GeorgeFloyd. ??❤️
— Ciara (@ciara) April 20, 2021
Our hope is that this verdict will be a small step towards accountability. But that’s just about accountability, not justice.
For us, justice would be George Floyd alive today.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) April 20, 2021
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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