The former officer may serve up to 75 years for killing a Black man. He is the first police officer to be convicted of killing a Black person in the state of Minnesota.
It has taken almost a year and the collapse of a nation, but on Tuesday, April 20 around 5:05 pm EST, a jury has convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges related to the murder of George Floyd.
Now the man that took the life of Floyd, the rapper known as “Big Floyd,” will possibly serve up to 75 years in prison. He received a guilty verdict on the following charges: second-degree, third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter. He is the first police officer to be convicted of killing a Black person in the state of Minnesota.The jury deliberated for about 11 hours before coming to this decision.But let’s do the numbers …
It took less than 5 minutes to read the decision and less than 5 minutes for the court to revoke his bail and less than that to whisk him out of the courtroom and off to jail.
This was shorter than the almost 10 minutes that Chauvin left his knee on the neck of the 46-year-old Black man killed last year on Memorial weekend.The Hip-Hop community has also started responding:Young Miami tweeted, “YESSSSSSS!! God is good!! #GeorgeFloyd”
Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Lawson, also posted on IG.“Justice is served! All three counts!!! Praise the Lord!!! Just the Beginning!!! If bad Police faced jail for killing unarmed people , or breaking the law and abusing people they would not do these things. I am not saying under any circumstance that there are not police officers that really try to protect and serve . And I must say that the police that told the truth in this trial and did not protect Derick Chauvin . I commend them and pray that it is the beginning of change.”