The verdict is in.
Jurors deliberated for hours today (April 20) and f
ormer cop Derrick Chauvin was
of all three charges. He was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He pled not guilty.
On April 19, the prosecution made their closing arguments. Prosecutor, Steve Schleicher, argued Chauvin "acted with cruelty and indifference unbefitting of a police officer." He went on to say
should be convicted of murder in Floyd's death. Schleicher, described Chauvin as a "police officer who had not followed the department's policies while making it clear that prosecutors were not criticizing policing as a whole."
, Chauvin's defense attorney, Eric Nelson, argued his client acted as any "reasonable" officer would. Nelson argued Floyd's past drug use and medical history contributed to his death rather than Chauvin's use of force.
Nelson moved for a mistrial on April 20 over comments made by House Representative
Over the weekend, she spoke to reporters in
and suggested protesters should "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is acquitted. The defense argued this was "intimidation of a jury." Judge Pete Cahill denied the motion for a mistrial. Still, he told the defense team they "may have grounds for an appeal.
have been preparing for this day for the last few weeks. While the trial was taking place,
was placed around the courthouse. The Minnesota national guard is present.
Before the trial, peaceful protesters marched around, chanting for Floyd. Floyd was killed last year on
after Chauvin had his knee pinned down on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. In heartbreaking footage, you can hear Floyd beg and say, "I can't breathe." He also called for his mother while taking his last breaths.
Justice was served, but theres still work that needs to be done. Barack Obama said in a statement, "