DEREK CHAUVIN GUILTY FOR MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD: JURY
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder in the death of George Floyd, whose final breaths last May under the knee of Mr. Chauvin, then a Minneapolis police officer, set off worldwide protests, Remy Tumin and Jade-Snow Joachim reported for the New York Times.
Mr. Chauvin, who was also found guilty of third-degree manslaughter, had his bail revoked and was taken into custody. Sentencing will take place in eight weeks. He faces up to 40 years in prison but is likely to receive far less time.
“I would not call today’s verdict justice,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, “because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice — and now the cause of justice is in your hands,” Peter Stevenson also reported for the Washington Post.
President Biden and Vice President Harris will make remarks about the verdict later this evening. They called Floyd’s family after the verdict was read. The family’s attorney posted a video of the call.
“Nothing is going to make it all better, but at least, God, now there’s some justice,” Biden said. “This can be a first shot at dealing with genuine systemic racism.”
Gov. Tim Walz (D) had already declared a state of emergency in Minnesota in anticipation of unrest following the verdict, and been in touch with the White House, though a guilty verdict somewhat reduces those concerns.
The state is also grappling with the fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was killed after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Walz has asked for help from other states and isn’t the only one worried about potential protests; the D.C. National Guard activated several hundred troops, too.