DEREK Chauvin will be placed on suicide watch in a maximum security prison as he awaits sentencing for the murder of George Floyd.
After nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttal on Monday, the 12 jurors – seven women and five men – were led away to deliberate.
The judge announced the jury’s verdict at just after 4pm local time on Tuesday.
Sentencing is due to take place in eight weeks time, Judge Peter Cahill said.
Chauvin’s bail was immediately revoked and he was taken out of the courtroom in cuffs after the verdict was read out.
His face concealed by a face mask and little reaction could be seen from Chauvin but his eyes darted wildly around the room as he was led away.
On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Department of Corrections said Chauvin was taken to a maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights – 25 miles east of Minneapolis.
Oak Park Heights is the state’s only Level Five maximum security prison and it is regarded as one of the safest for high-risk offenders.
No one has ever escaped the prison since it opened in 1982 and only one inmate has been killed.
But Chauvin will be considered a suicide risk and he will be closely monitored for his own safety, Daily Mail reports.
Floyd died last May following an arrest during which Chauvin placed a knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
Caught on video, those tragic final moments led to widespread protests and riots across the US against police brutality and racism.
Read our Derek Chauvin trial live blog for the latest on George Floyd’s killing…
FORMER OFFICER CHAUVIN MAY FACE UP TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in his trial regarding the death of George Floyd and could face up to 40 years in prison as a result.
The maximum sentences for the charges are: second-degree murder — 40 years, third-degree murder is 25 years, and second-degree manslaughter is 10 years.
But for someone who has never been convicted of a crime before, such as Chauvin, the recommendation for sentencing in Minnesota is only 12.5 years for each murder charge, plus four years for manslaughter.
Judge Cahill will decide in eight weeks how long Chauvin will be in prison for.
PRESS SEC NOTES MA’KHIA BRYANT’S DEATH CAME ON THE HEELS OF AMERICA BEING ‘HOPEFUL’ ABOUT CHAUVIN CONVICTION
During a press conference on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the death of Ma’Khia Bryant “tragic” and noted it came just as Americans were becoming “hopeful” in the wake of the Derek Chauvin conviction.
“Her death came…just as America was hopeful of a step forward after the traumatic and exhausting trial of Derek Chauvin and the verdict that was reached,” she said.
PRESIDENT BIDEN DOESN’T THINK HE CAN ACHIEVE THE GEORGE FLOYD POLICING ACT ‘ALONE,’ PRESS SEC SAYS
“The President doesn’t believe that he alone can pull the George Floyd Act across the finish line,” Psaki said. “That is going to be up to Congress.”
“There are negotiations that are happening,” Psaki noted. ‘There are leaders on both sides that are having those discussions, are working towards this goal.”
She added that Biden “believes the bar for convicting officers is too high.”
JOY REID IS ‘VERY CYNICAL ABOUT CHARGES AGAINST POLICE’ EVEN AFTER CHAUVIN CONVICTION
Late-night host Jimmy Fallon had MSNBC’s Joy Reid on the show as a guest following the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday, and she said she is still “cynical” about charges against law enforcement in these cases.
“I tend to go with the statistics that show … about 2 percent of police officers are ever convicted of killing someone — let alone killing somebody Black,” Reid said, “I steel myself for [police] to not be charged.”
In the Chauvin case, Reid added, “This needed to go this way … for our society to be able to take a step forward.”
LATE-NIGHT HOST JIMMY KIMMEL ‘GRATEFUL’ CHAUVIN CASE RESULTED IN CONVICTION
Jimmy Kimmel Live host Jimmy Kimmel reacted to the news of Derek Chauvin’s conviction on his show on Tuesday, and said, “I think we’re all grateful it went the way that it did.”
“In this case, the jury made the correct decision — a unanimous decision — which is a step in the right direction,” he added. ‘And I hope the verdict itself brings comfort to the family of George Floyd and all those who mourn his death.”
LATE NIGHT HOSTS REACT TO DEREK CHAUVIN CONVICTION
Several late-night television hosts reacted to the conviction of Derek Chauvin on Tuesday, with the Late Show host Stephen Colbert saying, “This nation does not have a great track record on this subject, but at least, in this case, this man faces accountability.”
“Justice is a far more difficult goal,” Colbert added.
“America still has a problem of overpolicing and systemic racism, but hopefully this is a step toward a future where police being held accountable for their actions isn’t headline material.”
ERIC GARNER’S MOTHER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE CHAUVIN TRIAL
“Like with my son’s death, we did not have this type of cooperation from the police department, from the mayor,” she added.
“And we seen on camera just as we did with George Floyd that my son was actually being murdered on video. She noted the officer in her son’s case was not immediately fired, and the DOJ “decided not to go forward with the trial.”
“If not for me and other groups pushing to have the departmental trial, it would have been all just swept under the rug,” she said.
AMERICANS STRONGLY APPROVE OF CHAUVIN GUILTY VERDICT, POLL FINDS
A poll conducted within hours of the announcement of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict found Americans strongly approved of the jury’s findings, USA Today reported.
The USA Today/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1000 American adults online from all states, found that an astounding 71 percent of Americans agreed Chauvin was guilty.
Only 12 percent said they rejected the verdict, the outlet noted.
THE VIEW HOST SUNNY HOSTIN CALLS DEREK CHAUVIN’S CONVICTION ‘WHAT JUSTICE LOOKS LIKE’
The View host Sunny Hostin cried during an appearance on ABC News on Tuesday as she said of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict, “I am so relieved that this is what justice finally looks like for my community.”
“While I know this does not bring George Floyd back to his family, to his loved ones, to his brother who we have heard from so eloquently, at least I believe now that the movement that we have seen since his murder on video for the world to see is not just a moment,” the former lawyer added.
“I really believe that this is a movement that we have seen, and for that I am so very thankful that perhaps we will see real change, much-needed change in this country,” she said.
DOJ OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING CHAUVIN CONVICTION
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the practices of the Minneapolis Police Department, Fox 11 reported.
“Yesterday’s verdict and the criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis,” Attorney General Garland said.
“Today, I am announcing that the justice department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.”
Federal investigators will look into the department’s “excessive use of force, including during protests, discriminatory conduct, and current accountability mechanisms,” Fox 11 reported.
LEBRON JAMES REACTS TO LAS VEGAS RAIDERS TWEET POSTED THE DAY OF CHAUVIN CONVICTION
Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James reacted to a tweet posted by the Las Vegas Raiders Twitter account the same day as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of George Floyd’s death that read “I CAN BREATHE.”
“This is real???? Nah man this ain’t it at all. The F^%K!!!! 🤦🏾♂️” the athlete wrote on a retweet of the controversial tweet and image.
The image in the tweet listed the date of the trial verdict underneath. The content was seen as problematic because Floyd told officers “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times while Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, resulting in his death.
GIRL WHO WITNESSED GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH AND TESTIFIED ‘CHANGED THE WORLD,’ FAMILY FRIEND SAYS
Judeah Reynolds, the young girl who witnessed George Floyd’s death along with her cousin, “changed the world” that fateful day, Latoya Turk, a family friend who was with Judeah in court, told Good Morning America.
“I think for the family we absolutely know that if not for Judeah we wouldn’t have been in that position at that time, so if not for Judeah there would have been no walk to the store for snacks and the video,” she said.
“For Judeah, I don’t think she realizes the magnitude that she has changed the world.”
CHILD WHO TESTIFIED IN CHAUVIN TRAIL SPEAKS OUT
A 10-year-old girl who testified in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin spoke out about his conviction on Wednesday.
Judeah Reynolds told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in an interview, “My mom said that we brought change. My dad said, ‘We won.'”
Judeah was just nine years old when she asked her older cousin to take her to get snacks in Minneapolis, and they both witnessed the death of George Floyd.
NEW MUGSHOT OF CONVICTED OFFICER CHAUVIN REVEALED
A mugshot of convicted officer Derek Chauvin was revealed on Wednesday.
The image of the former officer was released less than a day after he was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
WHEN WILL CHAUVIN BE SENTENCED?
It will be another eight weeks before Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill will sentence Derek Chauvin.
The most serious charge, second-degree murder, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years.
Third-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of 25 years and second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Prosecutors are asking for higher than the minimum sentence, arguing there were aggravating circumstances in the case – including the arrest taking place in front of a nine-year-old child.
It is unclear whether the judge is likely to impose concurrent (served at the same time) or consecutive (served one after the other) sentences for each count.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OPEN PROBE INTO POLICE PRACTICES
The Justice Department will announce a probe into policing practices in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death, according to an AP source.
‘HE HAD IT A LOT EASIER THAT MY BROTHER’
One of George Floyd’s brothers says he was struck watching Derek Chauvin being taken away in handcuffs.
“I watched him put his hands behind his back — he had it a lot easier than my brother because my brother’s hands were pinned backwards,” Philonise Floyd told ABC News
While awaiting the verdict, he said: “Inside that courtroom I prayed for like 30 minutes – because it took 30 minutes for the jurors and the judge to come out.”
Philonise Floyd said his brother’s death “made people realize that people’s lives matter.”
“It was about accountability,” he said of Chauvin’s conviction.
CHAUVIN IN RESTRICTED HOUSING UNIT
A department spokesperson confirmed that Chauvin is in a restricted housing unit.
“Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern,” the spokesperson said.
NASCAR DRIVER BAUBBA WALLACE SPEAKS OUT
Following the verdict, Bubba Wallace released a statement in tribute to George Floyd.
“Justice served on all counts. Good. Still a ton of work to do,” he wrote.
“Continue to rest peacefully #GeorgeFloyd”
WITNESS SPEAKS OUT FOLLOWING VERDICT
Charles McMillian, who broke down in court during the Derek Chauvin trial has spoken out following the verdict.
“I didn’t have a reaction yesterday,” McMillian said. “Because I knew they had to charge him yesterday.”
However, McMillian added that he was “surprised” on all three counts against him.
“It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off the whole world to see,” President Joe Biden said.
“Systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul.”
“This is the time for this country to come together, to unite as Americans,” he added in nationally televised remarks.
However, the President warned of those who might exploit the raw emotions following the verdict.
“There are those who will seek to exploit the raw emotions in the moment — agitators and extremists who have no interest in social justice,” he warned.
Law enforcement in Minneapolis and numerous other US cities had been bracing for violence in the event of a full or partial acquittal of Chauvin.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has been working with the Floyd family, released a statement on Tuesday evening, declaring: “Justice has arrived.”
“GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family,” Crump wrote.
“This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!”
George Floyd’s brother Rodney Floyd told MSNBC he was overwhelmed with emotional at the trial’s outcome.
‘CAN’T STOP HERE’
President Joe Biden said the United States must deliver “real change” for black Americans after Derek Chauvin was found guilty.
Speaking at a press conference in the White House, the President also slammed “agitators” for causing riots after the verdict was announced.
Biden on Tuesday called the murder conviction of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd a “step forward” but said such a verdict was much too rare in a country plagued by systemic racism.
“This can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America,” Biden said in remarks from the White House.
But Biden said the guilty verdict is “too rare” and “not enough”.
CHAUVIN ‘INVOLVED IN FATAL SHOOTING IN 2006’
Chauvin has reportedly been involved in a series of violent incidents during his time as a cop.
In 2006, he and five other officers shot and killed a man who stabbed his girlfriend and a friend, CNN reports.
Two years later, he reportedly shot a man twice after a suspected domestic dispute. The man survived.
And just three years after that, he was placed on three-day leave, along with four other officers, for his involvement in the non-fatal shooting of an indigenous man, The Daily Beast reports.
A black 16-year-old girl was fatally shot by police as Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict was revealed on Tuesday.
The teen, named by family as Ma’khia Bryant, was killed by a cop in Ohio moments before Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
Graphic bodycam footage of the shooting was last night released by officials.
Cops say they were called to the scene by a person who said someone was trying to stab them at 4.32pm, with officers arriving on scene minutes later at 4.44pm
Video showed two girls arguing before a cop shouted “Get down” and began firing his weapon multiple times at one of them – just seconds after arriving on-scene.