Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. He was convicted of all three charges – second-degree and third-degree murder, in addition to second-degree manslaughter.
The 45-year-old will be sentenced in eight weeks as he faces up to 40 years imprisonment.
Financial Times reported that Keith Ellison, the Minnesota attorney-general who led the prosecution, said: “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.”
In May 2020, hundreds took to the streets in Minneapolis, US, in protest against the death of an African-American man named George Floyd after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes after arrest while he struggled to breathe. Floyd was alleged of using a counterfeit $20 note.