UPDATE #3: President Biden spoke to the nation this evening following the verdict. From The New York Times:
President Biden praised a guilty verdict in the murder trial of the former police officer Derek Chauvin, but called it a “too rare” step to deliver “basic accountability” for Black Americans who have been killed during interactions with the police.
“It was a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see,” Mr. Biden said of the death of George Floyd, who died after Mr. Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than minutes, and whose death ignited nationwide protests. “For so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver just basic accountability.”
Mr. Biden delivered his remarks hours after taking the unusual step of weighing in on the trial’s outcome before the jury had come back with a decision, and telling reporters that he had was “praying” for the “right verdict.”
“This can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America,” Mr. Biden said in a nationwide address.
Derek Chauvin handcuffed. pic.twitter.com/D0KoTJllE6
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 20, 2021
UPDATE: From The Washington Post:
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last Memorial Day.
The jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin announced its verdicts Tuesday afternoon, deliberating for less than a full day.
Sentencing for Chauvin will take place in approximately 8 weeks. Chauvin’s bail was revoked and he was taken into custody following the decision.
As The Washington Post reports:
The jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin reached a verdict Tuesday afternoon, on its second day of deliberating the case of the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd. The verdict is expected to be announced between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time.
Deliberations concluded after the prosecution and defense teams presented nearly six hours of closing arguments that focused on vastly different views about the circumstances that led to Floyd’s death in May outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis.
We’ll update this space once the verdict has been announced. President Biden is also expected to address the nation at some point later today.