Updated 11:32 PM ET, Tue April 20, 2021
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of all three counts of the murder of George Floyd.
The verdict came on Tuesday, April 20, after three weeks of testimony in one of the most followed cases of the Black Lives Matter era. In a first for Minnesota, the trial was broadcast live in its entirety to accommodate Covid-19 presence restrictions, giving the public a rare look at the heart of the legal system.
Chauvin was filmed last May kneeling on Floyd’s neck and back, handcuffed and lying in the street, for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
Floyd’s death sparked unrest and mass protests challenging the way police treat black people in the United States. While the trial focused specifically on Chauvin and Floyd, the stakes in the case were clarified earlier this month when a police officer from the nearby Brooklyn Center was charged with manslaughter after shooting and shooting an 20 year old black man at a traffic stop. .
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