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Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts

Chauvin found guilty on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter

    Chauvin trial: Jurors weigh former officer's fate

    The jury in Derek Chauvin’s trial will resume deliberations Tuesday morning, following a marathon day of closing arguments in the former Minneapolis police officer’s murder case.

    The 12-member panel, now sequestered, must now decide if Chauvin acted reasonably in his use of force to restrain and subdue George Floyd last May during an arrest that ended in Floyd’s death — or if his actions killed Floyd.

    Chauvin faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s killing while the man lay handcuffed and pinned to the pavement after allegedly using a counterfeit $20 to buy cigarettes at a corner store in south Minneapolis.

    Weeks of trial testimony have revolved around a basic question: Who or what is responsible for Floyd’s death? The defense has pointed to Floyd’s health conditions and the drugs in his system. The prosecution has put the blame on Chauvin’s actions and his knee on Floyd’s neck.

    Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker ruled Floyd’s death a homicide last year, saying Floyd went into cardiopulmonary arrest as then-officer Chauvin kept his knee pressed on the neck of the prone, handcuffed man.

    Bystander video at the scene captured Chauvin with his knee pressed against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as the man pleaded that he couldn’t breathe and as people shouted from the curb that Floyd was dying. Chauvin and three other officers were fired.

    The case went to the jury just before 4 p.m. Monday. They spent about four hours reviewing the case before ending deliberations for the day at 8 p.m.

    -- MPR News staff

    Jury's verdict announcement expected by 4 p.m.
    The jury has completed its deliberation in the case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. It is expected to be read in open court between 3:30 and 4 p.m. We will have it live here and on the air, followed by analysis and reaction.
    --MPR News Staff
    by Curtis Gilbert, APM Reports edited by Michael Olson, MPR News 4/20/2021 8:09:34 PM
  • Brief deliberation mirrors the Mohamed Noor case, which ended in conviction
    The jury reached its decision after less than a full day of deliberation. The length of time was similar to the deliberation that ended in the conviction of another former Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor, two years ago.
    The jury that found former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the killing of Philando Castile in 2017 deliberated for five days before acquitting him.
    —Riham Feshir, MPR News
  • Crowds gather to hear verdict
    Crowds are building in downtown Minneapolis outside the Hennepin County Government Center where the jury is expected to read its verdict within the next half hour.
    --Tom Crann, MPR News

    What we know right now:

  • Quick deliberation indicates guilty verdict, legal observer says
    Mary Moriarty, the former chief public defender of Hennepin County, predicts that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be convicted in the killing of George Floyd.
    "I think the fact that [the verdict] did come quickly means that they have found him guilty," Moriarty told MPR News host Tom Crann.
    — MPR News staff
  • Verdict carries high stakes for Black Americans
    "This verdict that we're about to hear is so incredibly important for Black people around the globe, for our ancestors, for our children," Mitchell Hamline law professor Angie Porter told MPR News host Tom Crann. "We'll get an answer about whether this justice system truly cares — whether the jury of our peers truly cares — about this heinous crime."
    Porter, the former vice president of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, said she expects Chauvin will be convicted, based on the relatively quick deliberation and the makeup of the jury.
    — MPR News staff
  • Guilty on all counts
    Former Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts: second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
    — MPR News staff
  • Sentencing expected in eight weeks
    Immediately following the guilty verdicts, Judge Peter Cahill revoked former officer Derek Chauvin's bail and remanded him to the custody of the Hennepin County sheriff. Sentencing is expected in about eight weeks.
    — MPR News staff
  • Downtown crowds jubilant over guilty verdicts
    The crowd of an estimated 1,000 people outside the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis fell silent as the verdicts were read. Then someone shouted "guilty!" and those gathered erupted in jubilation, hugging each other, waving signs and honking horns.
    — Tim Nelson, MPR News
  • Jury finds Chauvin guilty of murder, manslaughter in Floyd killing

    A Hennepin County jury on Tuesday found ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
    Derek Chauvin taken into custody by Hennepin County law enforcement after being found guilty in the murder of George Floyd. Screen grab via CourtTV
  • Longtime defense lawyer predicted guilty verdicts
    The former Hennepin County chief public defender, who spent 31 years trying cases and watched the entire trial against Derek Chauvin, wasn't surprised he was found guilty on all three counts in the killing of George Floyd.
    "The state's evidence was just overwhelming," Mary Moriarty told MPR News host Tom Crann. "The defense was really left to arguing reasonable doubt, and that's usually not a very effective way or place to be."
    —MPR News staff
  • A jubilant crowd downtown
    Leslie Redmond, the former president of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP, was in  downtown Minneapolis to hear the verdicts read aloud. She described a jubilant scene.
    "People were bringing wine. People were ready to celebrate," Redmond told MPR News host Tom Crann. "When the guilty verdicts were read, everybody just started yelling and screaming" with joy.
    — MPR News staff
  • "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." -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
    The jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts: second-degree murder, third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

    Chauvin was charged in the killing last May of George Floyd. 
    Chauvin was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom. He will be sentenced at a later time.
    The jury had the case for about 10 hours before it was announced it had reached a verdict.
    Chauvin is the second police officer in Minnesota to be convicted of killing a civilian while on duty.
    He is the first officer in the state to be held criminally liable in the killing of a Black person.
    -- MPR News
  • Photos: Crowds cheer, celebrate after Chauvin convicted of murder, manslaughter

    A Hennepin County jury on Tuesday found ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
  • Top prosecutor hopes verdicts spark broader change
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Tuesday applauded the guilty verdicts his prosecutors secured against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. Ellison thanked the jurors as well as the police and bystanders whose testimony helped cement the conviction.
    "They stopped and raised their voices because they knew what they were seeing was wrong," Ellison said. "They told the whole world the truth about what they saw."
    Ellison also urged the Legislature to adopt a broader package of reforms aimed at preventing police violence.

    "This has to end," Ellison said, reading off a long list of Black Americans killed by police. "We need true justice. That's not one case."
    — MPR News staff
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