Derek Chauvin Convicted on All Charges in George Floyd Case



Philonise Floyd and Attorney Ben Crump, from left, react after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Garrett Duncan, Contributor

On April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted in the case of George Floyd’s death.  He was found guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter.  (USA Today)  Large crowds that had gathered outside of the courthouse rejoiced at the news, and Chauvin was carted away in handcuffs.  In eight weeks the sentencing length will be determined, but until then Chauvin will stay in the Minnesota Correctional Facility known as Oak Park Heights. (CNN).

The recommended amount of time in prison a normal person would face is 31 years in prison with all the charges added up, but because of aggravating factor laws, Chauvin could get a harsher sentence. (CNN)  Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were officers there at the scene, and they are being charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin’s crimes.

People believe this may mark a stop to the huge riots that occurred from 2020 through 2021.  Though the national guard is still occupying Minneapolis.  There are still police on every corner, and national guardsmen patrolling the streets.  (AP News)  However, at this point in time, people are calming down, and spending their time rejoicing over the trials ending.

Chauvin may try to overturn his conviction, by appealing to the court on the basis that biased news coverage changed the minds of the Jury.  (Reuters)  His lawyers have 60 days to make an appeal case, giving them lots of time to prepare.  The appeal will likely include how the City of Minneapolis paid the Floyd family $27 Million dollars while the jury was being picked. It could also use the riots and statements from Maxine Waters in the appeal.  Waters told protesters and rioters to, “get more confrontational” if Chauvin was not found guilty. (Forbes)