In the United States, the jury in the Floyd case found former policeman Derek Chauvin guilty of the death of George Floyd on all charges. In eight weeks, the judge will announce the penalty. The former cop was taken away by cops right after the verdict.
In May last year, Chauvin pressed his knee on the neck of arrested black George Floyd, who was lying on the street in Minneapolis. The 46-year-old male died in the hospital. Images of the arrest led to fierce protests against racism and police brutality all over the world.
Chauvin was on trial for second-degree murder, manslaughter, third-degree murder, a term in American criminal law that is used when someone is accidentally killed as a result of dangerous acts and for negligent manslaughter. In the hardest case, he could get 40 years in jail.
Police Minneapolis: Chauvin went beyond booklet
Senior police officers, including the Minneapolis Police Commissioner, stated during the trial that Chauvin had used excessive force and had thus been out of control. Doctors claimed that Floyd died of oxygen starvation, the result of the knee clamp that held him to the ground.
Floyd was apprehended after a report that he would have paid with a $20 counterfeit note. The assault was filmed by bystanders and then shared via social media.
President Biden called the evidence in the case earlier today “overwhelming”. He also said to pray for a correct verdict. Biden spoke to Floyd‘s family yesterday to show his support.
Floyd’s death led to riots and large-scale protests against police violence and racism last year. While the eyes are on the court, turmoil is again being taken into account in the US.
For example, the court is additionally protected with concrete blocks and the National Guard is present. The governor of the state has declared a state of emergency and additional police officers from neighbouring states have also come to Minneapolis.
Even outside the city where Floyd died last year, new disturbances are taken into account. Also in Washington and New York, retailers have placed bulkheads to protect their shop windows.