Updated: Jun 22, 2021
Former police officer Derek Chauvin has now officially been found guilty for the murder of George Floyd.
Yesterday, a jury unanimously convicted former Police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd by kneeling on the back of his neck for more than 9 minutes and ignoring pleas from Floyd that he couldn't breathe, while arresting him for allegedly using counterfeit money when paying for cigarettes at a convenience store in the United States, in May 2020. The horrific criminal assault carried out by Chauvin provoked a series of protests, fighting for racial justice across the US and the rest of the world, sparking a global movement advocating for positive change.
It took the jury made up of 12 members less than a day to reach their verdict - Chauvin was found guilty on all three different accounts including second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. After the verdict was announced Minnesota attorney-general, Keith Ellison, said "I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice.”
The sentencing is expected to take place in two months time, with the most serious charge Chauvin was convicted of (second degree-murder) carrying a prison sentence of up to 40 years, his bail was immediately revoked and he was placed in custody.
The news that Chauvin was found guilty has provided solace to many, although it's important to remember that a lot of work still needs to be done. As a society we still need to continue to fight against racism, ensuring that racial injustice, including the murder of George Floyd, is put to an end for good.
It's imperative to remember that when the topic of racial discrimination isn't trending or hitting the headlines as much, that it doesn't mean it isn't still occurring and it's your responsibility to continue to educate yourself on the matter even when it isn't getting media coverage.
Unfortunately, the family of George Floyd will never get their loved one back but they are working hard to carry on his legacy through means such as the George Floyd Memorial Foundation which you can check out by clicking here. You can also find a list of helpful resources, ideas on how you can help and a number of educational tools here.
We hope George Floyd's loved ones and those affected by his death find relief and accountability through the guilty verdict and hope that everyone will continue to work towards racial equality and putting an end to systematic racism.