Re : BLACK LIVES MATTER
DEREK CHAUVIN IS GUILTY OF MURDER
A US jury has found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing.
Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges against him — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter
Mr Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $US20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market.
He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a squad car.
They put him on the ground instead.
The centrepiece of the case was the bystander video of Mr Floyd gasping repeatedly, “I can’t breathe”.
Onlookers yelled at Chauvin to stop as the officer pressed his knee on or close to Mr Floyd’s neck for what authorities said was nine-and-a-half minutes.
“This is a victory for those who champion humanity over inhumanity, those who champion justice over injustice.”
**Derek Michael Chauvin was convicted on April 20, 2021. – wikipedia