Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, has been found guilty.
The 46-year-old former police officer was convicted of all three charges against him – second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Bail was revoked and Chauvin was returned to the custody of the county sheriff.
In transcripts of police body camera footage that shook the world in May 2020, Floyd said: “You’re going to kill me, man”.
Chauvin, who was kneeling on his neck, replied: “Then stop talking, stop yelling, it takes heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”
The transcripts also confirmed that Floyd told officers that he could not breathe more than 20 times. “ I can’t breathe”
Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter. Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about 12.5 years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge. In this case, the state has asked for a tougher sentence than the recommendations provide. Chauvin’s sentencing is set for eight weeks from now, according to CNN reports.
“Justice for Black America is justice for all of America,” the Floyd family’s attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement. “This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state.”