The jury in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on Tuesday in the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in a decision US President Joe Biden said he hoped would become a “moment of significant change”.
The 45-year-old Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 last year with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, was found guilty on all three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
After a three-week trial, it took the 12-person jury, consisting of six white and six Black or multiracial men and women, 10 hours to reach their verdict.
Chauvin’s bail was immediately revoked and he was escorted out of court in handcuffs. He will face sentencing in eight weeks and could be sent to prison for decades.
Crowds gathered in Minneapolis cheered as the guilty verdict was read, shouting “Say his name! George Floyd!” and “Guilty on all three!”
“Justice for Black America is justice for all of America,” the Floyd family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump said in a statement, the Reuters news agency reported.
“This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state.”