The policeman kneeling on George Floyd’s neck in the arrest that sparked protests against racism and policing around the world has been convicted of the murder.
The jury in the trial against Derek Chauvin returned the unanimous verdict on Tuesday (April 20) after ten hours of deliberation.
The death of the 46-year-old on a street in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 sparked global outrage and an international movement calling for change.
The 45-year-old chauvin denied second degree, third degree and second degree manslaughter during the 15-day trial under Judge Pete Cahill.
The jury unanimously found him guilty on all counts.
Shocking footage circulated around the world showed Mr Floyd groaning and gasping for breath as he pleaded with the officer who was kneeling on his neck and saying, “Please, I can’t breathe.”
After nearly eight minutes, Mr. Floyd gradually fell silent and stopped.
The jury had been instructed to pass a unanimous verdict on any charge of convicting or acquitting the ex-officer.
The jury reached its verdict after examining three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders and medical experts, as well as hours of video evidence in the most famous case of US police misconduct in decades.