Jurors on Tuesday found former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, 46.
The 12-member panel deliberated for about four hours on Monday and at least five hours on Tuesday following three weeks of testimony from witnesses, experts and Floyd’s loved ones.
Chauvin, 45, was charged after video of him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes went viral last year, sparking protests against racial inequality and police brutality nationwide.
Derek Chauvin was transferred to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, according to Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald. Chauvin arrived at the facility at 4:55 p.m. CDT, Fitzgerald told CNN.
The prison is located in Stillwater, Minnesota, about 25 miles east of downtown Minneapolis.
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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison called for “enduring, systemic, societal change” in the wake of Tuesday’s guilty verdict for former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin.
“This verdict reminds us to never give up the hope of enduring change,” he said, adding that it should be an “inflection point.”
“We don’t want any more community members dying at the hands of law enforcement,” he said. “This has to end. We need true justice. That’s not one case. That is a social transformation that says no one is beneath the law and no one is above it.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison thanked the community for giving authorities time to investigate and prosecute Derek Chauvin following the death in May 2020 of 46-year-old George Floyd.
He said the “long, hard, painstaking work” put in by investigators culminated in Tuesday’s guilty verdicts.
“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice,” he said. “George Floyd mattered. He was loved by his family and his friends … but that wasn’t why he mattered. He mattered because he was a human being.”
Attorneys representing the family of George Floyd called the verdicts announced Tuesday “painfully earned justice” for the 46-year-old’s family.
“This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said in a statement.
“But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well.”
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