Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. The verdict may change the way police treat black men and become George Floyd's legacy.
Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
He faces 12 ½ years or 150 months in prison under sentencing guidelines for first-time offenders, said Judge Peter Cahill. If, however, Judge Cahill decides there were aggravating factors in the case, Chauvin could be sentenced to as many as 40 years in prison.
Chauvin appeared shocked when Judge Cahill read the three guilty verdicts. Hundreds gathered outside the Minneapolis courthouse erupted in cheers when the verdict was announced.
Police were called on May 25, 2020, to Cup Foods, a convenience store, where Floyd had attempted to purchase a pack of cigarettes, allegedly passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill to make the purchase.
Police were called and told of Floyd's phony banknote. A ticket should have issued by police, ordering him a appear in court at some later date for the offense.
The prosecutors called 38 witnesses during 11-day testimony. The defense rested its case on Thursday after three days of testimony.