UPDATE (6:43 PM) – President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke hours after the verdict was returned for Derek Chauvin.
Biden said George Floyd’s death was “a murder in the light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see” systemic racism in the country.
“Systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul,” Biden said. “The knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans. Profound fear and trauma. The pain, the exhaustion that Black and brown Americans experience every single day.”
Biden said that most police officers “serve their communities honorably”, but those who do not should be held accountable.
UPDATE (5:18 PM) – Civil rights leaders gathered with the family of George Floyd after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges.
“This is the first time in the history of this state that a white police officer has been convicted of a murder,” Al Sharpton said. “This is the first in a long array of fights that we have seen counts guilty on all three. We don’t find pleasure in this. We don’t celebrate a man going to jail. We would’ve rather George be alive.”
Sharpton said that protestors helped bring the issue to light.
“If we don’t give up, we can win some rounds, but the war and the fight is not over,” Sharpton said.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said that fighting for justice for George Floyd put them on the right side of history.
“Let’s pause for a moment to proclaim this historical moment not just for the legacy of George Floyd, but for the legacy of America,” Crump said. “The legacy of trying to make America for all Americans so that George Floyd’s victory in America’s quest for equal justice under the law can be intertwined.”
They were joined by several members of the Floyd family.
Brother of George Floyd, Philonise Floyd, got emotional while recounting the death of his brother and other Black men in America.
He said that Emmett Till, a 14-year-old that lynched in 1955, was “the first George Floyd.”
“Today, you have the cameras all around the world to see and show what happened to my brother,” Floyd said. “It was a motion picture: the world seeing his life being extinguished, and I could do nothing but watch.”
UPDATE (4:00 P.M.) – Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
The sentencing hearing will be held in eight weeks. Chauvin is facing a maximum of 40 years in prison and he will be held in jail until then.
Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes.
UPDATE (3:25 P.M.) – The verdict will be announced between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Central Standard time.
Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and first-degree manslaughter. He is facing up to 40 years in prison for the most serious charge.
This is a developing story. KETK News will update this story as the verdict is being read.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (KETK/AP) The jury has reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, who is charged with murder and manslaughter for the death of George Floyd last year.
The verdict is expected to be read around 3:30 p.m. Central time. The jury deliberated roughly 10 hours before the verdict was given.
The racially diverse jury — anonymous and sequestered from the outside world — resumed deliberations in the morning as lawmakers and fellow citizens alike delivered their own opinions about the combustible case that triggered protests, scattered violence and a reckoning over racism in the U.S.
Prosecutors argued that Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd last May when the white officer knelt on or near the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes. The defense contended that the now-fired white officer acted reasonably and that a heart condition and illegal drug use led to Floyd’s death.
The jury of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial spent just a few hours on their task Monday after the day was mostly consumed by closing arguments. They will remain sequestered until verdicts are reached.
Chauvin, 45, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.
Ahead of a verdict, some stores were boarded up in Minneapolis, the courthouse was ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and National Guard troops were on patrol. Last spring, Floyd’s death set off protests along with vandalism and arson in Minneapolis.
The city has also been on edge in recent days over the deadly police shooting of a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center on April 11.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.