Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of the suffocation death of George Floyd last May in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA). The jury found the former police officer guilty on all three counts.
Jurors unanimously decided that Chauvin is guilty of second-degree manslaughter, which carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison; third-degree murder, with a maximum sentence of 25 years; and second-degree manslaughter, which carries up to 10 years in prison.
In his closing arguments, Minnesota State’s Attorney Steve Schleicher made it clear that being a police officer is “a noble profession,” but that Chauvin “betrayed his badge and everything it stood for” when he pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. The prosecutor stressed that the way Chauvin acted “is not the way police officers are trained, following the rules.”
For his part, Chauvin’s defense attorney, Nelson, charged against the prosecution and assured that the prosecution failed to prove the guilt of the former police officer. Nelson recalled the presumption of innocence of his client and pointed out that the task of the prosecution of Minnesota is to prove “that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt” and “has failed to do so”.