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April 20, 2021 01:21 PM UTC

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Charges

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  • by: Colorado Pols

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.

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UPDATE #2:

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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 Chauvin’s bail was revoked and he was taken into custody following the decision.

Via The Washington Post

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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.

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22 thoughts on “Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Charges

      1. I was skeptical that it would turn out this way, despite the compelling testimony (including from the Chief of Police). But, in my mind, this is the only possible accurate verdict. Hopefully this will lead to still more reform.

      2. Definitely one of those I-did-not-think-I'd-ever-live-long-enough-to-see-this-day moments.

        And, hoping now that Chauvin lives long enough to see every one of the next 14,600 days and nights from inside a jail cell.

    1. The incident sparked a conversation around the world about police tactics. That's a win, no matter how the jury decided. That he was guilty, guilty, guilty just puts the cherry on top.

      1. One visible way that I saw this was the English Premiership Rugby league embracing the motto that Rugby stands against racism and having the players stand for a moment of silence before each game.

    1. Rarely do prosecutors have evidence of such quality to present…particularly in cop trials when body cameras conveniently malfunction or weren't turned on to begin with.

      A friend of mine who is a trainer for a Western Slope agency has been appalled by Chauvin's actions from the get-go, and equally appalled at the cops who stood by and watched.

       

      1. Sentencing for Chauvin is expected in about 8 weeks. 

        I understand the 3 who stood by will be tried together:  "Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, all of whom were fired and arrested days after Floyd died last May, face charges at a trial on Aug. 23."   I wonder if there is any interest among those 3, their lawyers, and the state's attorneys, to consider plea deals at this point. 

        Anyone know how what seems like a single act can be manslaughter, 3rd murder, and 2nd murder?

         

        1. A single square can be divided into two right triangles, John.  In this case, the lesser included charges all referred to the same act, just with lower standards of proof.  But in all likelihood, sentences for the lesser two would run concurrently with the biggest.

           

  1. Nice. Maybe, just maybe, the whole "this might have been a little murdery but in the final analysis the cop did society a favor so it's all good" mentality is beginning to lose sway among garden variety white American dipshits.

    Maybe.

        1. They need to get more subtle ( or more blatant) with their dog whistles. They obviously really mean “white”, not “Anglo-Saxon”. 
           

          Anglo-Saxon doesn’t include 

          Irish

          Italian

          Jewish (sephardic, ashkenazi, and eastern european)

          Spanish

          Muslim

          and a slew of other European ethnicities, besides the dark-complected Africans, Asians, and Indigenous folks they really want to exclude.

          For some reason, the “Identity Europa” and Western Chauvinist folks glorify Greek and Roman culture as proof of white superiority. Who gets to tell them that the Greeks and Romans weren’t  necessarily white.? Language and social status were more important than skin color, and most were some shade of a Mediterranean olive-toned complexion…or darker, which was considered more handsome and manly.
          News flash: white marble statues were originally vividly painted. 
           

          So if the America First” caucasians really mean Aryan palefaces, they need to own that and stop pretending to be classical scholars. Really, nobody is fooled.

           

  2. Still waiting for justice to be served on the Aurora cops and paramedics who deprived Elijah McClain of his constitutional right to life.

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