Though there’s no justice when a life is taken, accountability has demanded of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
The jury handed down a guilty verdict on all three-count charges leveled against the former Minneapolis police officer after a ten-hour deliberation.
Derek Chauvin was sentenced to a maximum seventy five years in prison. He faces up to forty years for second-degree murder, up to twenty five years for third degree murder and up to ten years for second-degree manslaughter.
Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in May 2020 after he placed his knee on the latter’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe” until he died.
Following the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, friends and family of George Floyd tearfully thanked the many lawyers, bystanders, jurors and protesters who they said helped to bring justice.
“Today, the tears are pure joy,” Chris Stewart, a lawyer for Mr. Floyd’s family, said at a Hilton hotel in downtown Minneapolis. “Pure joy and pure shock, because days like this don’t happen.”