I happened to be up when the Wall Street Journal sent out an e-mail alert the jury had reached a verdict and it was to be read out soon. I turned on Court TV to see the live coverage. After school events have been cancelled in Minneapolis and kids are being told to go home. Court TV also reports that Minneapolis will have in-home-only instruction for the rest of this week.
The jury has just found Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts: second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. You could hear the cheering outside the courtroom after the first two verdicts were read out.
The prosecution put on a devastating case but nothing is certain until the jury decides. One factor was not just the tape of Chavin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, but that the jury was also allowed to review the tape during its deliberations.
Comments on Twitter:
Awaiting the Chauvin verdict, I'm struck again by the sheer magnitude of SCOTUS's error in inventing qualified immunity out of whole cloth. How many people would still be alive—perhaps even George Floyd—if police were held to the same standard of accountability as the rest of us?
— Clark Neily (@ConLawWarrior) April 20, 2021
The crowd gathering at “George Floyd Square,” 38th and Chicago is growing. Radios are playing in the background while a Black woman addresses the crowd. “It’s not about the verdict,” she says. pic.twitter.com/v4LEMTDsu3
— Jared Goyette (@JaredGoyette) April 20, 2021
A growing crowd here outside Cup Foods as people gather to hear the verdict next to George Floyd’s memorial. Activists shout “say his name” next to where his body had laid on the concrete pic.twitter.com/pUmoxfkJH5
— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) April 20, 2021
Tweets with links to press accounts:
Former US police officer Derek Chauvin convicted of murder after death of George Floyd in Minneapolis https://t.co/aSq7SnUk1C
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 20, 2021
Breaking News: Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd, a case that prompted mass protests worldwide. https://t.co/ybf7I04mU6
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 20, 2021