Derek Chauvin Pictured In Prison Clothing Following George Floyd Murder Conviction
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Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter yesterday.
The verdict handed down unanimously by the jury in Chauvin's trial is a landmark case for many reasons, but specifically because it represents the first time that a white police officer has been convicted of murdering a black citizen in the state of Minnesota.
Floyd was murdered during an encounter with Chauvin and other officers on May 25 2020, and he died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes and 25 seconds, despite Mr Floyd's repeated claims that he couldn't breathe.
The ex-police officer now faces a maximum of 40 years in prison, with his sentencing due in eight weeks.
Speaking after the verdict was announced, George Floyd's sister LaTonya said: "I feel like heaven is standing on my shoulders.
"My brother got justice, and that's very rare."
She continued: "I just miss him so much. I am so hurt right now, but I am so happy.
"When I watch this man get handcuffed in court behind his back, just like he did my brother, he is not in control any more. He has no power. But my brother do. My brother do."
Floyd's brother Rodney also hailed the outcome of the trial, stating that the verdict was for 'everyone that's been in this situation'.
The family attorney Ben Crump released a statement that said: "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.
"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."
Philonise Floyd was the only member of the Floyd family that was able to get into the court for the verdict, and while he celebrated the result, he acknowledged that there is much work still to be done in the fight for justice and equality.
He said: "We will have to do this for life.
"I am going to put up a fight every day, because I am not just fighting for George any more."