Chauvin was today April 20th, found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter by a jury after they deliberated the case for almost nine hours.
The panel which consists of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial — spent about six hours discussing information from the three-week trial before coming to a decision. They unanimously convicted Chauvin of all charges against him after concluding that he killed the 46-year-old through a criminal assault.
Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd, who was Black, was handcuffed and lying on the ground.
Following the ruling, the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who could face up to 75 years in prison.
Reacting about the result of the trial, Public Enemy tweeted “GUILTY on ALL counts,” whilst Black Lives Matter UK said: “Our thoughts and hearts continue to be with George Floyd’s family.”
Hilary Clinton tweeted: “George Floyd’s family and community deserved for his killer to be held accountable. Today, they got that accountability. Always and forever, Black lives matter.”
here are some of the early reactions to the verdict:
Our thoughts and hearts continue to be with George Floyd’s family ♥️ pic.twitter.com/anEyJpEUbV— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm) April 20, 2021
GUILTY. GUILTY. GUILTY.— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) April 20, 2021
JUSTICE for George! The emotions I feel right now are hard to describe. Derek Chauvin has been found guilty. This is the first time that a white officer has been convicted for killing a black man in Minnesota. This is monumental, George’s death is not in vein. pic.twitter.com/m6FrqdGljP— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 20, 2021
Cops lie. Cops lie to protect other cops.— ⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️ (@AngryBlackLady) April 20, 2021
Once the Minneapolis PD realized they couldn’t protect Derek Chauvin, they cut him loose. https://t.co/wfXFLL5dhL
This still feels weird. Like we had to go through hell and high water just to….I mean….sigh—-conflicted.— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) April 20, 2021
George Floyd’s family and community deserved for his killer to be held accountable.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 20, 2021
Today, they got that accountability.
Always and forever, Black lives matter.
A moment of accountability 🙏🏼Finally #GeorgeFloyd— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) April 20, 2021