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The former police officer kneeled on the neck of the African-American man for more than nine minutes during an arrest in the city of Minneapolis, ignoring pleas that he couldn't breathe.

The Justice Department had previously considered opening a pattern or practice investigation into the police department soon after Floyd's death, but Attorney General Bill Barr was hesitant to do so at the time, fearing that it could cause further divisions in law enforcement amid widespread protests and civil unrest, three people familiar with the matter told the AP.

'I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death, ' Garland said, in his first comments on the verdict itself.

Now the question is: what happens next? Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder while committing a felony, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Under Minnesota statutes, the maximum prison sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is 40 years, the maximum sentence for third-degree murder is 25 years, and the maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years.

People celebrate after the verdict is announced in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C
Another potential point of appeal could be media coverage and protests Credit Eric Lee /Bloomberg

The minimum sentence available to Chauvin following the verdict is 12.5 years under Minnesota guidelines, according to news agency Reuters.

Chauvin was turned over to the Department of Corrections and booked about 4:55 p.m. into Oak Park Heights while he awaits sentencing.

What about the other officers involved?

The Trump administration had opened a federal civil rights investigation in the case days after Floyd, a Black man, died last May after Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was prone on his stomach. Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are all facing trial, charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin, 45, had been free on bail since fall 2020. Their trial is scheduled for 23 August this year.

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