World After Derek Chauvin's Conviction, Read What Police First Said About George Floyd's Death
Key questions answered about Derek Chauvin trial
The former Minneapolis police officer is accused of killing unarmed black man George Floyd last year.The case has attracted huge global attention and after three weeks of witness and expert testimony, the jury will meet to decide the outcome on Monday.
After's murder conviction, the original statement made by the Minneapolis Police Department on 's death makes for awkward reading.
Many activists believe Chauvin would never have been convicted if mobile phone video showing him kneeling on Floyd's neck had not emerged.
Chauvin ‘Heard’ George Floyd’s Distress, but ‘Didn’t Listen,’ Prosecutors
As George Floyd cried out for help on May 25, 2020, the “pavement tearing into his skin” as he repeated he could not breathe, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin continued to press his knee into the 46-year-old Black man’s neck. Chauvin “heard him but he just didn’t listen. He continued to push him down, to grind into him, to shimmy, to twist his hand,” prosecutor Steve Schleicher told jurors in Hennepin County court during closing arguments on Monday for the former law enforcer’s murder trial.
The Minneapolis police made no reference to the treatment of Floyd when they first described the incident in a statement issued on May 25.
Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Judge Peter A. Cahill read the verdict shortly after 5 p.m. Eastern time. Sentencing is expected to occur in eight weeks. Though Chauvin faces aof 75 years in prison, most experts expect him to be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years.
Following Cahill's reading of the verdict, the judge revoked Chauvin's bail. Chauvin will remain in custody until he is sentenced. He had been out on bail since this fall.
Prosecutors argued that Chauvin caused Floyd's death by asphyxiation as a result of kneeling on Floyd's throat for upwards of nine minutes. Chauvin's defense attorneys argued that his death was due to underlying heart issues and drugs found in Floyd's system. The prosecution rested its case on April 13, and the defense rested on April 15. The jury deliberated for 10 hours before returning the verdict Tuesday afternoon.
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The state's governor is bracing for potential violence and unrest if the verdict doesn't satisfy those seeking justice for George Floyd's death.Chauvin is the former police officer accused of murdering Black Minneapolis resident George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Lawyers in Chauvin's trial began making their closing arguments on Monday. A verdict will soon follow.
Read the original George Floyd press release below:
Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction
May 25, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) On Monday evening, shortly after 8:00 pm, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department responded to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South on a report of a forgery in progress. Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence.
Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.
Derek Chauvin: convicted Floyd killer, face of US police brutality
Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, had a record of using excessive force before the unarmed Black man died under his knee in a crime prosecutors branded a "shocking abuse of authority." Chauvin, described by colleagues as rigid and silent, knelt on the 46-year-old Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes on a Minneapolis street on May 25 last year, despite the dying man's pleas and those ofChauvin, described by colleagues as rigid and silent, knelt on the 46-year-old Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes on a Minneapolis street on May 25 last year, despite the dying man's pleas and those of shocked passers-by who filmed the tragedy.
At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called in to investigate this incident at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department.
No officers were injured in the incident.
Body worn cameras were on and activated during this incident.
The GO number associated with this case is 20-140629.
3 More Officers Will Stand Trial in Death of George Floyd: What to Know .
Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng will be tried jointly on August 23. They have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.But he is not the only member of law enforcement who will stand trial for their involvement in the fatal arrest last May.