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Derek Chauvin Found GUILTY On All Three Counts

Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts—second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter.

Derek Chauvin is a former police officer undergoing a trial on murder charges in a Minnesota state court for the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020.

During the now infamous arrest made by Chauvin and three other officers, he knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, lying face down on the street.

His trial began on March 8 and marked the first time that a judge in Minnesota authorized cameras to show a full criminal trial.

The 13 day trial had some tense and emotional testimony from witnesses and Judge Peter Cahill sent the jurors to deliberate after attorneys on both sides concluded lengthy closing arguments Monday.

Judge Cahill warned jurors not to allow “bias, prejudice, passion, sympathy or public opinion” to influence their decision as they weigh Chauvin’s fate. He also instructed jurors not to consider any “consequences or penalties” that may arise from the verdict.

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