“We are able to breathe again”: US Ex-policeman Derek Chauvin Found Guilty of George Floyd’s Murder, Indian-American Politicians Welcomes Floyd Verdict
US Ex-policemen Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. A jury of 12-members found Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter taking into account of three-weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts. Deliberations which began on Monday, lasted for over 10 hours.
After the adjudication, George Floyd’s brother Philonise, while speaking at a news conference said that “We Are Able To Breathe Again” but the fight for justice is not over.” He also said that it is a never-ending cycle and we will have to protest for it.
Derek Chauvin could now 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 under Minnesota’s sentencing guideline
But the Minnesota guidelines recommended 12.5 years in prison for each murder charge and about 4 years for the manslaughter charge. The state has now asked for tougher sentences than the recommendation provided.
The three other officers involved in Floyd’s case, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Kueng are all charged with aiding and assisting second-degree murder & aiding and assisting second-degree manslaughter.
Last year on 25th May 2020, in a confrontation video, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was seen pushing his knee into the neck of a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd who was in handcuffs, for more than 9 minutes. Floyd complained about breathing issues, while the police officer’s knee was on his neck. After several minutes, Floyd stopped speaking and lied unconscious, pinned beneath under three officers, showing no signs of life. Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit bill of $20 to buy cigarettes at the grocery store.