Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges in the killing of George Floyd in Hennepin County court. His bail was revoked and he is placed in the custody of Hennepin County sheriff.
The 12 jurors found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The maximum sentence of the second-degree unintentional murder is 40 years, third-degree murder is 25 years and second degree manslaugher is 10 years and/or $20,000.
Minnesota Govenor Tim Walz highlighted the verdict and stated that it is evident of real change for the Black community.
“It’s an important step towards justice for Minnesota, trial’s over, but here in Minnesota, I want to be very clear, we know our work just begins. This is the floor, not the ceiling of where we need to get to,” Walz said.
“We know that accountability in the courtroom is only the very first step,” the governor continued. “To the Floyd family, we grieve for you, today is a small measure but George is not coming back. A child lost a father, a brother, an uncle, a friend. We mourn with you, and we promise the pursuit will continue for justice, as Attorney General [Keith] Ellison said, ‘this isn’t justice, it’s just one step towards it.’ Through justice for George Floyd will come through real systemic change, to prevent this from ever happening again.”