A jury reached its decision Tuesday in the case of the State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin, finding Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after roughly 10 hours of deliberation.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was accused of killing George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
During Floyd’s arrest, Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes, until Floyd became unconscious. Floyd died later that same day.
In the weeks that followed, riots and looting sprees ravaged major cities across the country, with Minneapolis — where the incident occurred — being especially hard hit. The presumption behind the riots — and the various Black Lives Matter protests that often preceded them — was that Floyd, a black man, was yet another victim of supposed “systemic racism” in American policing.
If Chauvin had not been convicted, those riots were expected to resume in unprecedented fashion.