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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Convicted On All Charges in George Floyd Death

April 20, 2021

Then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges in the death of George Floyd last year.

Chauvin was convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder, and manslaughter by a jury. The judge read the verdict shortly before 4:10 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Tuesday, April 20.

Floyd died May 25, 2020 after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest. Floyd had fentanyl in his system, but an expert testified during the trial that narcotics did not cause his death.

On Tuesday, National Guard troops were on hand to assist police in case of rioting if Chauvin had been acquitted or convicted of lesser charges.

President Joe Biden earlier in the day said the evidence against Chauvin was “overwhelming” and that he was “praying the verdict is the right verdict.”

On Saturday, April 17, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) said, “We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” and that without a guilty verdict:  “We got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Sentencing for Chauvin is expected to take place in about eight weeks, the judge said.