Former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the death of George Floyd. The jury found him guilty of the three crimes of which he was accused: unintentional homicide in the second degree, homicide in the third degree and manslaughter in the second degree.
Second-degree unintentional homicide is when the crime is not premeditated, third-degree murder occurs when the murderer practices a dangerous act, but without the intention to kill, and second-degree manslaughter is when there is no intention to kill .
The jurors' deliberation took 10 hours and the ex-policeman heard the silent verdict. When the judge read the decision, protesters cheered outside the courtroom. Chauvin could face more than 40 years in prison, but the sentence should only be released in the coming weeks.
The trial was televised in the United States and generated great commotion for every witness heard. In addition to authorities and people who witnessed the murder, the court heard George Floyd's widow, who made emotional testimony.
The former policeman's defense tried to claim that pre-existing health problems and the use of illegal drugs were the cause of George Floyd's death, but the argument was not well accepted by the jury.
Chauvin tried to arrest Floyd after he bought a fake $ 20 bill at a Minneapolis market in Minnesota. Floyd resisted arrest. It was then that the then policeman knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on the neck of the suspect already handcuffed and immobilized. Several times Floyd said he couldn't breathe.
The filmed death of a black man by a white police officer sparked outrage and protests against racism and police violence. The acts began in Minneápolis and spread across the United States and the world.
Recurring cases of police violence have also sparked debate about the financing of security forces and a reform of the sector is currently being discussed in the US Congress.