The jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges in the murder of George Floyd.
Crowds outside the Minneapolis courtroom and at the location where Floyd was killed chanted “justice” and “Black lives matter” after hearing the verdict.
Judge announces sentencing in 8 weeks
After Judge Peter Cahill read and confirmed the verdict with the jury, he announced technical next steps, including scheduling sentencing in eight weeks time.
Cahill said the court would look at written arguments from Derek Chauvin “within one week” and issue factual findings on it. Then they will order a pre-sentencing investigation report, “returnable in four weeks.” That will be followed by a briefing on the pre-sentencing investigation report six weeks from now and “eight weeks from now we will have sentencing.”
The 12 jurors found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death in May 2020.
NAACP: “The fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said that while “justice landed” Derek Chauvin in jail, “the fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over.”
Read a portion of their statement following the verdict:
“While justice landed Derek Chauvin behind bars for murdering George Floyd, no amount of justice will bring Gianna’s father back.
The same way a reasonable police officer would never suffocate an unarmed man to death, a reasonable justice system would recognize its roots in white supremacy and end qualified immunity.
Police are here to protect, not lynch.
We will not rest until all in our community have the right to breathe. The chapter on Derrick Chauvin may be closed, but the fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over.”