A panel of jurors has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, after one of the most closely watched criminal trials in recent memory.
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.
It took the jury about 10 hours and 20 minutes to reach a decision, which was read late in the afternoon in a city on edge regarding the possibility of more unrest like that that erupted last spring.
Second-degree murder requires prosecutors to prove Chauvin intended to harm Floyd.
Third-degree murder requires proof that Chauvin’s actions were “eminently dangerous” and done with indifference to loss of life.
Second-degree manslaughter requires jurors to believe that he caused Floyd’s death through negligence and consciously took the chance of causing severe injury or death.