Former Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, Convicted of the Murder of George Floyd

Miranda Miller, Sandscript Author

On April 20, 2021, jurors found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd. Twelve jurors deliberated for ten hours and convicted Derek Chauvin on three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.  Chauvin’s bail was revoked after his conviction.  While awaiting his sentencing, which is scheduled for June 16, 2021, Chauvin is booked in a maximum-security prison.  

On May 25, 2020, the 46-year-old Floyd was killed during his arrest after using counterfeit money to pay for a pack of cigarettes.  As seen on the police body-cameras, Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao had George Floyd pinned to the ground and Chauvin knelt on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Two autopsies found his death to be intentional.

The death of George Floyd sparked thousands of protests across the nation, seeking justice for his death.  Throughout 2020, and early on in 2021, Floyd has been used as a figure against police brutality and racism throughout the nation.