Yesterday, the jury in the Derek Chauvin case over the killing of George Floyd found him guilty of all three charges.
Second Degree Murder (Unintentional killing while committing a felony): GUILTY
Third Degree Murder (Perpetrating an eminently dangerous act and evincing a depraved mind): GUILTY
Second Degree Manslaughter (Culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk): GUILTY
The jury was made up of 3 Black men, (2 of whom are immigrants), 1 Black woman; 2 multiracial women, 2 white men; and 4 white women,
Chauvin was removed from court in handcuffs.
The MN Corrections Department has released the first photo of the former MN Police Officer Derek Chauvin since he arrived at the maximum-security prison in Minnesota.
According to the Daily Mail– Chauvin is on suicide watch after being found guilty on all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections released the new booking photo on Wednesday morning as Chauvin woke up from his first night at MCF-Oak Park Heights.
The 45-year-old dressed in an orange jumpsuit appeared tired and puffy-eyed with a frown and his hair in disarray.
It took the jury just over ten hours of deliberation to find Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday based on a mountain of evidence and testimony presented over 15 days of trial in the Hennepin County court.
Chauvin faces a minimum sentence of 12.5 years and a maximum of 40 years for second-degree murder. He will only be sentenced on that charge because all three stemmed from the same crime. Prosecutors have not been clear about how long they will ask the judge to put Chauvin away for but they have said they will ask him to consider aggravating factors and go beyond the sentencing guidelines.
The former cop is expected to file a swift appeal of his conviction. Over the course of the trial, his defense attorney Eric Nelson repeatedly raised concerns that the massive media attention to the case would bias the jury and prevent his client from receiving a fair trial. Other issues that could be brought up on appeal are Rep Maxine Waters’ incendiary comments on the eve of closing statements, protests over the death of Daunte Wright, and the city’s announcement of a $27million settlement with Floyd’s family in the middle of jury selection.
Chauvin was led away in handcuffs as the judge immediately revoked his bail pending sentencing and dispatched him to Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison, MCF-Oak Park Heights.
Chauvin is being closely watched by guards to ensure his safety, not just as a suicide risk, but also from other inmates with violent criminal histories, many of whom resent law enforcement.