A jury has reached a verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial over the death of George Floyd, finding the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all counts.
Chauvin was charged with two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The video of Floyd pleading for help as Chauvin knelt on him was seen around the world last year, igniting a wave of protests over police brutality.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo thanked the members of his force Tuesday night in a written statement following the guilty verdicts handed down against former officer Derek Chauvin.
“This past year has been difficult and challenging yet they (the police) have continued to show up and serve our community with the respect and dignity they deserve,” Arradondo said. “We recognize that our community is hurting, and hearts are heavy with many emotions. However, I have hope.”
The police chief — who testified in the trial that Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd had exceeded the guidelines of police training — said he respected the decision of the jury. Arradondo also called for any upcoming demonstrations to be peaceful.