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US Derek Chauvin led away in handcuffs after guilty verdict in Minneapolis courtroom

01:15  21 april  2021
01:15  21 april  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Prosecution case nears end in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death

  Prosecution case nears end in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd 's death enters its third week Monday, with the state nearing the end of a case built on searing witness accounts, official rejections of the neck restraint and expert testimony attributing Floyd's death to a lack of oxygen. Derek Chauvin, 45, who is white, is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. Police were called to a neighborhood market where Floyd, who was Black, was accused of trying to pass a counterfeit bill.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd, an African-American man whose death touched off Black Lives Matter protests and riots across the US in 2020. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after Floyd The jury found him guilty on all three counts on Tuesday afternoon. Following the verdict , Chauvin ’s bail was revoked and he was ordered back to jail. He was immediately taken into custody by Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies and led out of the courtroom in handcuffs .

Chauvin , 45, was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. With Americans on edge as they awaited the verdict , the jury announced that it has found him guilty across the board. His bail was immediately revoked and he was led away with his hands cuffed behind his back. In this image from video, Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis , Minn.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was handcuffed and taken into custody after a jury found him guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

a group of people sitting at a desk: Jury says Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in George Floyd's death © USA TODAY Jury says Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in George Floyd's death

Images of Chauvin leaving the courtroom in handcuffs spread quickly on social media.

Chauvin stood and placed his hands behind his back as sheriff' inside the court room placed the handcuffs on him.

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He also appeared to speak briefly with his attorney, Eric Nelson, as the officer led him out the room.

EXPLAINER: Prosecution explores Floyd's 'spark of life'

  EXPLAINER: Prosecution explores Floyd's 'spark of life' MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death put one of Floyd’s brothers on the witness stand Monday in a further effort to humanize him for the jury and counter the defense narrative that Floyd was at least partially responsible for his own death due to his use of illegal drugs. Philonise Floyd, who has frequently occupied the Floyd family's sole seat in the socially distanced courtroom, was allowed to testify under a legal doctrine called “spark of life.

State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin is an ongoing American criminal case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin , who is accused of unlawfully killing George Floyd during an arrest on May 25, 2020.

Chauvin was led away in handcuffs by the4 Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. Chauvin will be sentenced at a later date. Chauvin faces one charge of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after George Floyd died while he was subduing him on the ground on May. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison. Chauvin 's attorneys asked for a mistrial after Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters urged violent rioters to get "more confrontational" should the jury reach a verdict other than " guilty ."

Prosecutors moved for and Judge Peter Cahill ordered Chauvin's bail to be revoked and him to be remanded into Hennepin County sheriff's custody until a sentencing hearing in several weeks.

Some social media users noted the imagery of a former police officer being led out of a courtroom in handcuffs. Others shared the initial police report filed after Floyd's death, in which officers wrote, "Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress."

Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. George Floyd's death in police custody last May led to widespread protests around the U.S. demanding racial justice and police accountability.

Defense set to take turn in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death

  Defense set to take turn in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death was set to start presenting its case Tuesday, following 11 days of a prosecution narrative that combined wrenching video with clinical analysis by medical and use-of-force experts to condemn Derek Chauvin's actions. Prosecutors called their final witnesses Monday, leaving only some administrative matters before they were expected to rest Tuesday. Once the defense takes over, Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson is expected to have his own experts testify that it was Floyd's drug use and bad heart, not Chauvin's actions, that killed him.

Mr. Floyd died after Derek Chauvin , one of the police officers, handcuffed him and pinned him to the ground with a knee, an episode that was captured on video. In Minneapolis , a majority of the City Council has vowed to dismantle the Police Department and reimagine public safety. On Sunday, Mayor Jacob Frey and the police chief, Medaria Arradondo, announced what they described as the first in a series of police reforms: prohibiting officers involved in incidents from reviewing body camera footage before completing an initial report.

Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges. The plans for possible presidential remarks are still fluid, with the timing, venue and nature of the remarks still being considered, in part depending on the timing of the verdict , according to two White House aides who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations and spoke to the AP on The White House has been warily watching the trial proceed in Minneapolis — and then another shooting of a Black man by a white police officer last week — and are preparing for the possibility of unrest if a guilty verdict is not reached in the trial.

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DOJ weighs charging Chauvin for 2017 incident involving Black teen: Source .
Federal investigators probing Derek Chauvin's use of force against George Floyd are also weighing charging him for a 2017 incident involving a Black teen, a source said. The videos, from Sept. 4, 2017, allegedly showed Chauvin striking a Black teenager in the head so hard that the boy needed stitches, then allegedly holding the boy down with his knee for nearly 17 minutes, and allegedly ignoring complaints from the boy that he couldn't breathe.

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