Former Police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd case

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Credit: JANE ROSENBERG
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens during the seventh day of his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 6, 2021 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

After yet another case of police brutality, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

George Floyd’s case became viral after officer Chauvin was recorded suffocating Floyd; and Floyd calling for help, telling him “I can’t breath”; after the video got millions of views, people took the streets to call for justice, protests going beyond the U.S. were made in Floyd’s name, calling for an examination on polices and systematic racist.

Now almost a year after Floy’s death Derek Chauvin’s trial has reached a verdict. 

After 10 hours of deliberation, the jury of 12 reached a unanimous verdict, convicting Chauving of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, with convictions on some, none, or all of the charges possible. 

The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.

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