Former police officer Derek Chauvin is breaking records for posting a photo of himself on social media after he was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.
A jury announced its verdict in the trial of George Floyd (46), a black man who died after pressing police officer Derek Chauvin’s (44) neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while he was being detained on suspicion of fraud on May 25, 2020, in the US state of Minnesota. While Derek Chauvin was convicted of all charges, the world breathed a sigh of relief, especially black citizens in the United States.
A photo of Derek Chauvin before he was sent to prison after the verdict was handed down was also released to the press. For the photo, which has been shared many times on social media, users around the world shared their happiness by commenting on the photo we were waiting for at work.
After nearly 10 hours of deliberations, a jury of 12 people, six of whom were white, four black, and two hybrid found officer Chauvin guilty of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for causing Floyd’s death by pressing his throat.
Cellphone footage of Officer Chauvin at the time of the incident was shown to the jury throughout the trial. Jurors unanimously delivered their verdict after considering the testimony of 45 witnesses, including forensic experts, police officers, and witnesses. How long Chauvin will be sentenced will be determined at hearings in the coming months.
Floyd’s death while in police custody sparked days of protests across the country.