Derek Chauvin was convicted of all three charges on Tuesday in the killing of African American George Floyd during his arrest in May 2020.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

 

Deliberations lasted just over ten hours, making for a relatively speedy verdict.


This rare conviction of a police officer may very well be known as a defining moment in America.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, President Joe Biden weighed in by saying he believes the case is “overwhelming.”

He said that he had spoken to Floyd’s family on Monday and “can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they’re feeling.”

“They’re a good family and they’re calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is,” Biden said. “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. I think it’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.”

Chauvin faces up to 75 years in prison. Sentencing is expected to come in eight weeks.

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