Derek Chauvin UPDATE: GUILTY
Update 04202021 5:44pm EST:
Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck while he pleaded, "I can't breathe.
Minnesota governor on Chauvin verdict: "Let us continue on this march towards justice"
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the Derek Chauvin "verdict is an important step forward for justice," but there is still work left to do. He called for a continued "march for justice" and change "through systemic reform." Read a portion of the statement he released after the verdict: “No verdict can bring George back, and my heart is with his family as they continue to grieve his loss. Minnesota mourns with you, and we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today. True justice for George only comes through real, systemic change to prevent this from happening again. And the tragic death of Daunte Wright this week serves as a heartbreaking reminder that we still have so much more work to do to get there.” Too many Black people have lost—and continue to lose—their lives at the hands of law enforcement in our state Our communities of color cannot go on like this. Our police officers cannot go on like this. Our state simply cannot go on like this. And the only way it will change is through systemic reform. We must rebuild, restore, and reimagine the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. We must tackle racial inequities in every corner of society — from health to home ownership to education. We must come together around our common humanity. Let us continue on this march towards justice.”
As the whole nation waits in anticipation of the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict about to be read we can't help but feel uneasy about the events that appear to be unfolding in Minneapolis.
The trials jury have deliberated for just a few short hours and have already come to a Verdict. Minneapolis has also deployed over 3k National guard to the city in preparation for potential civil unrest.
I am writing this article while watching the news and reflecting on how in the last year and a half our country has gone from what we considered to be "Normal" to our current state where there is mass civil disobedience, there have been historical monuments and documented history that seemed to be dismantled in a matter of months. Library's names being changed, huge movements to change company branding and a lot of just un necessary actions that seem to deter us from the real problems at hand.
Right now there are thousands lined up outside the Courthouse in Minneapolis where the trial had heard its closing arguments, the jury has deliberated and is about to read the Verdict.
The jury is expected to read the verdict on charges of second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter between 3:30 p.m. CT and 4 p.m. CT. Mr. Chauvin pleaded not guilty to all counts.
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I will cover the story in further depth when the Verdict is read. Stay tuned