Derek Chauvin is convicted of killing George Floyd in Minneapolis, cuffed and sent to prison


April 21, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Michael Crothers, of Houston, listened to his phone at 38th and Chicago as the verdict was read in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

A sheriff's deputy led former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin away in handcuffs Tuesday after jurors convicted him of murdering George Floyd, a dramatic ending to a case that captivated the world and became the latest flash point in a raging debate about police brutality against the Black community.

The conviction, almost a year after a bystander video captured Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, was the first time in Minnesota history that a white police officer was convicted of killing a Black civilian on the job.

Jurors deliberated for about nine hours and 45 minutes over two days before finding Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.


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