(CMR) A jury in Minneapolis has found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd. He has also been found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
During an arrest on May 25, 2020, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while Floyd was face down in the street, handcuffed and calling out “I can’t breathe.”
Chavin was charged following numerous protests across the US and several cities across the world. He was accused of murdering Floyd by keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck — depriving Floyd of oxygen — during an arrest.
The 12-member jury reached a verdict Tuesday afternoon after they began their deliberations Monday afternoon. Over the course of the 14-day trial, jurors heard from more than 40 witnesses from both the state and Chauvin’s defense team. They also viewed video footage from the incident, including that filmed by police body cameras.