Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is charging Chauvin, 44, with second-degree murder in addition to the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges leveled against him last week,
With a day of jury deliberation, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder, Judge Peter Cahill announced Tuesday.
Derek Chauvin found guilty of 2nd-degree and 3rd degree murder, as well as 2nd-degree manslaughter.
A third-degree murder charge was reinstated during the start of the trial’s jury selection process.
The family of George Floyd received civil justice with a $27 million settlement from the city of Minneapolis.
The trial began on March 29 and after two weeks of witness testimony, closing arguments were presented on April 19.
Bail for Chauvin was revoked and he was remanded to the Hennepin County Jail after being taken away in handcuffs.
George Floyd, 46, died after Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25, reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality against African Americans five months before a presidential election.
A racially-diverse jury of seven women and five men in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis took less than two days at the end of a three-week trial to find the white officer guilty in unanimous decisions.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first African American woman in her position, addressed the nation on Tuesday night after the verdict was announced.
“America has a long history of systemic racism,” she said, adding that Black people Black men in particular have been treated as “less than human” throughout the course of history.
“Today a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing,” former U.S. President Barack Obama wrote, saying justice was done in this particular case at least. “But if we’re being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial,” Mr. Obama, said.