Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty by a jury of his peers of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The case invoked a movement filled with hate and anger that saw billions of dollars worth of damages done to communities already hurting during the pandemic.
The Minneapolis jury agreed that Chauvin was the cause of George Floyd’s death. This verdict was found despite the fact that the Hennepin County medical examiner admitted on the stand that Floyd had a fatal amount of drugs in his system at the time of his death. During cross-examination, the defense also showed that, had George Floyd been found at his house with no signs of trauma, his death would have been ruled a drug overdose.
“Derek Chauvin is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day in Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd and led out of a courtroom in handcuffs,” according to the NY Times. The report states that Chauvin, 045, had his bail immediately revoked after being found guilty by the jury.
The jury spent 10 hours deliberating their eventual guilty verdict as crowds and media vultures circled outside the courthouse. The heavily guarded courthouse “was ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and thousands of National Guard troops and law enforcement officers were brought in ahead of the verdict,” reported Fox.
On his YouTube video, Brandon Tatum spoke more in-depth about the trial saying, “I think it was an unfair trial. I don’t think Chauvin should have been convicted for this. Given the fact that George Floyd did have lethal levels of drugs in the system.” Brandon went on to say, “ These drugs can cause a person to lack oxygen and to suffocate and die, make you stop breathing. It can hamper your breathing and can cause you to go into cardiac arrest. So when you take multiple times to the fatal limit of these particular drugs, you have created a reasonable doubt that this person could have died from other things. Right. They could have died from the knee or they could have died from the drugs.”
Derek Chauvin will have to wait eight weeks to find out his sentencing. The second-degree unintentional murder charge could carry maximum sentencing of 40 years for Chauvin, with the third-degree murder charge could be as much as 25 years, and 10 years for his second-degree manslaughter charge.
Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, for a person with no criminal history, each murder charge carried a presumptive sentence of 12.5 years in prison, while manslaughter has a presumptive sentence of four years.”
Chauvin will lose decades, if not the rest of his life, in prison because the jury – who were never sequestered – felt that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death and not the fatal amount of fentanyl in his system.