Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts


Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three different counts for the murder of George Floyd on April 20. Pictured here, Chauvin is sitting in a courtroom as he hears the guilty verdict (photo courtesy AP News).

Hannah Smith, Copy Editor

On April 20, Derick Chauvin, a 45-year-old former police officer, was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury. He was being held on trial for his acts against and murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, after a video of him pinning Floyd to the ground by his neck for almost nine minutes brought national attention.

The video had sparked international outcry for change in the policing tactics and a general conversation about race in the U.S. However, given the country’s history with similar incidents, many people were concerned that Chauvin would still not be held accountable. However, many members of the african american community are hesitant to let their guard down  

Said Lucia Edmonds, a 91-year-old Black woman, “I hope this means there is a shift in this county, but it’s too early for me to make that assumption.” Still, she added: “Something feels different.”

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