Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, whose death in May 2020 led nationwide protests against racism and police brutality in US.
Last year on 25th May 2020, former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin held George Floyd for a crime where George used a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a near by grocery store. However, things turned ugly when Derek put George Floyd down on the ground and pushed his knee on to his neck for more than 9 minutes, leading to George Floyd’s death. The video of Derek confronting George went viral which was captured by bypassers, leading to country wide protest against racism and police brutality.
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A 12-member jury was set up who found Derek Chauvin, 45, guilty in Floyd’s death last year after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts. Former US president Barrack Obama took to twitter to call it as the right verdict :-
Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied. pic.twitter.com/mihZQHqACV
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 20, 2021
Derek Chauvan will face more than 12 years of imprisonment but could even have around 40 years of life imprisonment depending upon the circumstances.