After the emotional three-week trial followed by a ten-hour deliberation, the jury in the case of Derek Chauvin finally reached a verdict: guilty on all three counts. The former police officer, who was seen by the world kneeling on the neck of George Floyd and ultimately murdering him, is set to begin his sentencing in eight weeks. Guilty of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder, Chauvin could face up to 50 years for both second-degree charges and up to 25 years for third-degree murder. However, because he lacks a criminal record, the sentences could be much lower.
Chauvin was charged with second-degree manslau
ghter as he proceeded with unreasonable risk to Floyd’s life, thus causing his death by “culpable negligence”. He was charged with second-degree unintentional murder due to the allegation that he caused Floyd’s death without that specific intent while committing a third-degree assault. Th
e final charge—third-degree murder— was as a result of how Floyd’s murder was caused by Chauvin’s act of imminent danger “to others and evincing a depraved mind, without a regard for human life.
”Once the verdict was read, cheers erupted across the nation as Chauvin was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs. While the trial has concluded, the conversation surrounding Floyd’s murder and the misconduct of police officers will certainly continue. “I’m not just fighting for George anymore," said Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, “I'm fighting for everybody around this world... Today, we're able to breathe again."