Killer cop Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd in case that shook US

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Derek Chauvin, the Minnesota police officer who was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes before he died, has been found guilty of murder.

The 45-year-old police officer was unanimously convicted on all three counts he had been charged with: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree "depraved mind" murder and second-degree "involuntary" manslaughter.

Chauvin has the right to appeal all three convictions.

George's brother Philonise Floyd was in the courtroom as the verdict was handed down by the jury – he had revealed before the verdict that US President Joe Biden had spoken to the Floyd family on Monday night to discuss the trial.

The 12 sequestered jurors went out late on Monday and had to consider three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts, along with hours of video evidence.

The case has been so sensitive that all jurors' identities are set to be protected by the US government for a significant period of time after the trial.

Chauvin, who is white, had pleaded not guilty to all three counts put to him.

He will be sentenced in eight weeks' time, the judge confirmed as he revoked Chauvin's bail privileges.

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The most serious charge, count one, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Former US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton tweeted "Black lives matter" after the verdict was announced.,

She said: "George Floyd's family and community deserved for his killer to be held accountable," she tweeted.

"Today, they got that accountability. Always and forever, Black lives matter."

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Mr Floyd was stopped by police in Minneapolis in Minnesota, US, on suspicion of using a fake $20 bill to pay for cigarettes at a convenience store.

Bystanders watched on as officers pinned Mr Floyd to the ground, with veteran cop Derek Chauvin kneeling across his neck.

After several minutes of complaining that he couldn't breathe and calling for his mother, Mr Floyd stopped responding, with onlookers pointing out to officers that he had stopped speaking.

At one point, officers threatened those onlookers with mace and one witness was pushed away after trying to intervene.

  • George Floyd told cop Derek Chauvin 'I can't breathe' more than 20 times before he died

My Floyd was eventually taken to hospital and pronounced dead in the emergency room.

His death sparked Black Lives Matter protests around the world, with millions demonstrating against police brutality and racism.

As the trial began on March 29 this year, Mr Floyd's family, civil rights lawyers and activists knelt outside the heavily fortified Minneapolis courthouse for the length of time that Chauvin kept his knee on Mr Floyd's neck.

In closing arguments before the jury began its deliberations on Monday, a prosecutor told jurors that Chauvin "had to know" he was squeezing the life out of Mr Floyd as he cried over and over that he could not breathe and finally fell silent.

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