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People Chant 'All Three Counts' After Derek Chauvin Was Found Guilty Of Murdering George Floyd

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People Chant 'All Three Counts' After Derek Chauvin Was Found Guilty Of Murdering George Floyd

People have erupted in cheers, applause, tears and chants outside the Minneapolis courtroom dealing with Derek Chauvin's case.

The former police officer has been found guilty of all three counts in the death of George Floyd, including second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Hundreds of people were gathered outside Hennepin County Courthouse to await the verdict.

They broke into celebration when the news came through and chants of 'all three counts' and 'Whose victory? Our victory!' erupted from the crowd.

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Chauvin has had his bail revoked and has been ordered to stay behind bars until his sentencing hearing in eight weeks.

The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is 'imprisonment of not more than 40 years', while the maximum sentence for third-degree murder is 'imprisonment of not more than 25 years'.

The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter, meanwhile, is 10 years and/or $20,000 (£14,000).The murder case against Chauvin drew to a close at Hennepin County Court this afternoon after going to jury.

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The jury returned to the courthouse this morning (local time) to resume their deliberations, having failed to reach a verdict on Monday.

Of the 12 jurors, six people were black or multiracial, while six were white.

Credit: Court TV
Credit: Court TV

The defence attempted to claim Chauvin acted reasonably during the arrest, and that 46-year-old Floyd died of an underlying heart condition and illegal drug use.

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But prosecutors successfully argued to the jury that Chauvin squeezed the life out of George Floyd by pinning his knee against his neck last May, and that he 'had to know' Floyd was dying.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, said in a statement following the guilty verdict: "Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd's family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today's verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world.

"Justice for Black America is justice for all of America. 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."

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Topics: News, George Floyd

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