Derek Chauvin Found Guilty For Killing George Floyd
The trial for former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin came to a verdict today and the 45-year-old former lawman has been found guilty on all three counts of murder that he was charged for. The charges were second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The most serious of the three charges is the second-degree murder count which could make Derek spend up to 40 years in prison. After the verdict was read Chauvin was carried away in handcuffs, he is expected to be sentenced two months time from now.
Keith Ellison, the Minnesota attorney-general who led the prosecution, said: “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice.”
His bail has been revoked and he will remain in the custody of the police.
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Learn more from the proceedings below.
When the “Use of force” trainer, Lieutenant Johnny Mercil was questioned about the situation, he spoke to the fact that what Chauvin did to Floyd, was outside the protocols of training and when officers are given bodyweight training they are encouraged to stay away from the neck as much as possible.
The lieutenant stated that he has trained hundreds of people, and even drew for the fact that the officers are directed to roll a person on their side after being handcuffed to avoid asphyxiation, which might have been the cause of the victim’s death.
He further added that in reaching their objectives in restraint, the least amount of force should be used.
To add fire to the testimony of the lieutenant, Sergeant Ker Yang who deals with crisis management stated that, in the case where someone was being restrained and in need of medical attention they would have been given that.
The video of Floyd was played in court showing Chauvin’s knee on his neck for over 9 minutes, with the victim crying that he could not breathe, while also calling for his mother.
Even though, the defence is using the fact that the deceased had an opioid problem which his girlfriend testified about, the information presented to the Minneapolis court so far shows that the former police officer did not correctly stick to the “Use of force” standards.