A jury has reached a verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial over the death of George Floyd, finding the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all counts.
Chauvin was charged with two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in Floyd's death. The video of Floyd pleading for help as Chauvin knelt on him was seen around the world last year, igniting a wave of protests over police brutality.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz calls Chauvin conviction an 'important step forward for justice'
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called the conviction of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd an "important step forward for justice."
"Today's verdict is an important step forward for justice in Minnesota," Walz said in a statement minutes after the jury found Chauvin guilty on all charges. "The trial is over but our work has only begun."
While Tuesday's guilty verdicts will not ease the pain of Floyd's family, Walz said, "we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today."
Chauvin was charged with two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in Floyd's death.
Photo: Chauvin led away in handcuffs
Cheers heard in BLM Plaza near White House as Biden prepares remarks
Cheers could be heard in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the verdict was being announced.
The White House is preparing for President Joe Biden to deliver remarks.
One White House official said the verdict was "consistent with the facts" and another said justice has been served.
Judge revokes Derek Chauvin's bail
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been remanded into custody after being convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday.
Judge Peter Cahill revoked Chauvin's bail and ordered he be remanded into custody after announcing the jury's verdict. Chauvin's sentencing will take place in eight weeks, though Cahill did not give an exact date.
Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts, jury decides
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin was charged in the death of George Floyd, a Black man, who died May 25 after Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes.
Floyd’s death sparked international protests against systemic racism and police violence after bystander video of the encounter was shared online. Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, was fired along with three other officers following Floyd’s death.
After three weeks of video evidence, witness statements and expert testimony, the jury was sent to deliberations Monday evening.
It alerted the court less than a day later that it had reached a decision.
The top charge of second-degree murder carried the highest potential penalty, up to 40 years in prison. The lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and had the lowest burden of proof for the prosecution.
Crowds flock to Minneapolis courthouse ahead of verdict
MINNEAPOLIS - The curious and the concerned flocked to the Hennepin County District Courthouse on Tuesday, to be outside when jurors announce their verdict in former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin's trial.
Some of the 200 bystanders carried "Black Lives Matter" signs in hopes of witnessing some of the history-making events that will unfold.
"I’m optimistic because it happened quickly that he is going to be found guilty on all three charges," said South Minneapolis resident Susan Scalf, 51, who rushed downtown after jurors said they had reached a verdict. "That is what we want. Nothing less."
Amy Powers, 55, a retired firefighter, said this verdict will have an impact well beyond the borders of Minneapolis or Hennepin County.
“This is not just about Minneapolis,” she said. “This is about the whole world. We’re here with hope that things can turn around.”
What do jurors have to consider?
All eyes are on the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday as Americans await the reading of the jury's verdict on whether he bears responsibility for George Floyd's death.
The jury, made up of seven women and five men, was sent into deliberations Monday evening and took roughly 10 hours to inform the court that it had reached a decision on the three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The second-degree murder charge carries the highest potential penalty, up to 40 years in prison. To meet the burden of proof, prosecutors needed to prove that Chauvin caused Floyd's death "while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense," in this case assault.
The lesser charge of third-degree murder carries a penalty of up to 25 years. Minnesota statute requires proof that the defendant committed an "act eminently dangerous to others."
The final charge, second-degree manslaughter, which has the lowest burden of proof, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. Prosecutors would have to prove that Floyd's death was caused by Chauvin's negligence in creating "an unreasonable risk" and "consciously [taking] chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another."
The jurors will have to decide whether the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt and whether they can reach unanimous decisions.
Prosecutors presented extensive video showing officers' interaction with Floyd from a variety of angles and perspectives, including multiple bystander videos and police body camera video and security video. The state's team argued Floyd died because Chauvin knelt on his neck for 9½ minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground.
But Chauvin's defense, led by attorney Eric Nelson, argued that Floyd died because of a drug overdose and underlying health conditions and that Chauvin acted as he was trained to do.
While prosecutors offered the jury emotional testimony from witnesses, some of whom said their lives were forever changed by watching Floyd's arrest, the defense sought to portray the onlookers as a distraction and a potential threat that led the responding officers to worry for their safety and diverted their attention from Floyd.
Derek Chauvin arrives at courthouse
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has arrived at the Minneapolis courthouse with his attorney, Eric Nelson.
Chauvin arrived about 20 minutes before the jury's verdict is expected to be read on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter against him. The jury began deliberation Monday evening and reached a decision in less than a day.
White House waiting on verdict along with rest of country
White House officials are huddling as they prepare to hear the verdict. One official tells NBC News they are watching and waiting for a verdict like the rest of the country.
There will be a response from President Joe Biden, who is currently holding a virtual tour of an electric battery company in South Carolina, once the verdict is read. The details about what that will look like are still being determined.
Biden sparked backlash earlier today when he said: “I am praying the verdict is the right verdict” adding “I think it’s overwhelming in my view.”
Multiple people close to Biden say his comments earlier today that he was praying for “the right verdict” in the Derek Chauvin trial were not helpful to White House efforts to tamp down tensions across the country.
One of the people close to the president said it would’ve been worse if he’d made the comment before the jury was sequestered. Another said regardless of the timing of his remark it risks be interpreted as disrespectful of the judicial system.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked repeatedly about these comments. She refused to clarify, but insisted the president was not trying to prejudge the case.