Minneapolis ex-policeman Chauvin convicted of murder in Floyd case

Former US police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty on all counts in murder of George Floyd

Now, with the jury's verdict, the man who knelt on Floyd's neck until he died will be a rare example of police being held accountable for their actions.

The footage drew outrage across the U.S. and triggered worldwide protests and violence.

The jury, on its second day of deliberations, found Chauvin guilty on all three charges: second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Mr. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree unintentional murder, the most serious charge. Wearing a mask like everyone else there, the former Minneapolis police officer was handcuffed and taken out of the courtroom after the judge revoked his bail and remanded him to the Hennepin County sheriff's office. However, sentencing guidelines on both murder charges call for far less time, including 12.5 years.

Cahil said Chauvin's sentencing will happen in eight weeks.

The defence countered that Mr Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would, and sought to raise doubts about the cause of Mr Floyd's death, saying heart disease or even the exhaust fumes from the nearby police vehicle may have been factors. Witnesses to the incident pleaded with the police to stop let go of Mr. Floyd. The footage shows police trying to put the 46-year-old in a auto and then pinning him to the pavement.

At the Minneapolis intersection that has been dubbed George Floyd Square, about 100 people have gathered around a large painting of Floyd in anticipation of the verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin.

The courthouse is ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and thousands of National Guard troops and law enforcement officers have been brought in ahead of the verdict. The intersection of race and law enforcement has always been contentious in the United States, underscored by a series of deadly incidents involving white police officers and Black people in a number of American cities in recent years.

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The jury began deliberating Monday after almost a full day of closing arguments in which prosecutors argued that Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd last May in a way that even a child knew was wrong when he pressed his knee on a handcuffed Floyd's neck for several minutes.

The case is one of the most high-profile court cases in United States history, after Mr Floyd's death sparked a worldwide movement against police brutality and racism.

The case hinged on whether the jury believed the prosecution argument that Mr Chauvin used excessive, and therefore illegal, force that killed Mr Floyd.

"We're obviously going to keep talking to our colleagues and local government and if we can, if we need to do some things at their request to make sure that everybody stays calm and peaceful, we'll do that", Baker said, "but i'm incredibly proud of the way this state has dealt with these issues".

Biden said he hoped the verdict would give momentum to congressional police reform efforts.

Harris, in her remarks following the guilty verdict, boosted the legislation as part of Floyd's legacy.

"I think everybody in the country is anxiously awaiting that decision, and we are, too", Baker said before the verdict. "I wouldn't say that unless the jury was sequestered now, (would) not hear me say that", Biden told reporters at the White House.

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