A jury in a Minneapolis court found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of African-American George Floyd, a court broadcast shows.
Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges of murder. He took the verdict with no apparent emotion.
The former police officer faces up to 40 years in prison, the sentence to be determined by a judge. The sentence is expected to be announced in two months.
After the jury’s verdict, Chauvin was handcuffed and taken out of the courtroom. He was free on bail prior to the verdict. The ex-cop will now await sentencing in prison.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin was accused of killing Floyd while in custody. The incident took place in May 2020 and caused a wide public outcry, with protests across the U.S. against police violence and discrimination against black people. In late March, Chauvin’s trial began in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County (Minnesota) Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Baker earlier said Floyd died as a result of police use of force during arrest, but his heart condition and drug use also contributed to this. At the same time, Chauvin’s lawyer claimed that the African-American could have died from heart disease or fentanyl and methamphetamine use.