The chief police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the “murder” of George Floyd, who died of suffocation in 2020 in Minneapolis, USA. George Floyd’s family attorney hailed the ruling as a “turning point in history”.
Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of African American George Floyd Tuesday night after a high-tension trial investigated a murder that has become a symbol of police brutality against minorities in the United States.
The 12 jurors – seven women and five men – of various ethnic backgrounds who had deliberated in the Minneapolis court since Monday have found Derek Chauvin guilty, the three charges he stood on.
The handcuffed 45-year-old policeman was immediately taken into custody. The delivery of the verdict sparked an explosion of court joy in the metropolis in the northern United States where the forty-year-old died while being arrested on May 25, 2020.
The sentence will be known in several weeks
Judge Peter Cahill will give the verdict in a few weeks. Derek Chauvin faces 12.5 years in prison, but his sentence could be increased if the judge determines there are aggravating circumstances.
“Guilty! Justice obtained in pain has finally been returned to George Floyd’s family. This ruling marks a turning point in history,” replied Ben Crump, lawyer for George Floyd’s family, who died on May 25, 2020.
9 minutes of suffocation
The death of the black forty-year-old, suffocated for more than nine minutes by the pressure of Derek Chauvin’s knee, had shocked American public opinion and beyond the borders of the United States and sparked gigantic demonstrations against racism and police brutality.
Ben Crump received a call from Joe Biden, who gave his opinion hours before the verdict on this legendary trial. The evidence against Derek Chauvin is “overwhelming,” said the American President.
After three weeks of sometimes overwhelming statements, it took the 12 jurors less than 24 hours to reach a verdict. “It is not fair for Floyd, but for an entire movement” against police violence, stated shortly before the verdict of George Floyd’s companion at the time of his death, Courteney Ross, in front of the court, where about 200 people were waiting for the verdict to be pronounced.
The 40-year-old who went to prison has become an anti-racist icon and a symbol of decades of discrimination.
US President Joe Biden called George Floyd’s family after the verdict was pronounced. He has to speak in the night.