Jury finds Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges
The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, finding him guilty of all three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
A separate hearing to establish sentencing is expected in 8 weeks.
The other three officers present during the arrest where Floyd died — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane — will stand trial in August. The officers were fired the day after Floyd's death and were later charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin's trial has been one of the most closely watched cases in recent memory, setting off a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism even before the trial commenced.
The court returned to session Tuesday afternoon. The jury deliberated for roughly 10 hours and had been sequestered since Monday, following closing arguments.
Floyd's death on Memorial Day 2020 sparked protests in Minneapolis, across the United States, and around the world. It prompted calls for police reform and soul-searching on issues of racial injustice.