DEREK Chauvin will be placed on suicide watch in a maximum security prison as he awaits sentencing for the murder of George Floyd. The 45-year-o
DEREK Chauvin will be placed on suicide watch in a maximum security prison as he awaits sentencing for the murder of George Floyd.
The 45-year-old former cop faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in jail after he was found guilty of the murder of Floyd on all counts on Tuesday following a three-week trial.
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Derek Chauvin stands after a jury finds him guilty of all charges in his trial[/caption]
Chauvin is led away in handcuffs[/caption]
Sentencing is due to take place in eight weeks time, Judge Peter Cahill said.
Chauvin’s bail was immediately revoked and he was taken out of the courtroom in cuffs after the verdict was read out.
His face concealed by a face mask and little reaction could be seen from Chauvin but his eyes darted wildly around the room as he was led away.
Chauvin was locked up in the cells at Hennepin County Government Center before being transferred to Oak Park Heights – 25 miles east of Minneapolis – on the border with Wisconsin later on Tuesday.
Oak Park Heights is the state’s only Level 5 maximum security prison and it is regarded as one of the safest for high-risk offenders.
No one has ever escaped the prison since it opened in 1982.
Chauvin will be considered a suicide risk and he will be closely monitored for his own safety, Daily Mail reports.
As a former cop, he will also be at risk from other inmates.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.
The racially diverse jury – anonymous and sequestered from the outside world – deliberated for around 10-and-a-half hours before reaching their verdict.
As each of the charges against Chauvin was separate, jurors had to reach a separate verdict for each count. They had to conclude Chauvin’s actions were a “substantial causal factor” in Floyd’s death and that his use of force was unreasonable.
People react after Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges[/caption]
The second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, the third-degree murder charge a maximum of 25 years and the second-degree manslaughter charge a maximum of 10 years.
Chauvin is currently facing a maximum of 75 years behind bars but prosecutors previously said they would be seeking enhanced sentences for all convictions.
Prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell said Tuesday’s verdict sends out the message that Floyd’s “life mattered”.
“Now, no verdict can bring George Perry Floyd back to us, but this verdict does give a message to his family that he was somebody, that his life mattered, that all of our lives matter. And that’s important,” he said.
“I also hope that this verdict, for all of the rest of collective, all of us, will help us further along the road toward a better humanity.”
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has been working with the Floyd family, released a statement on Tuesday evening, declaring: “Justice has arrived.”
“GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family,” Crump wrote.
“This verdict is a turning point in history and sends a clear message on the need for accountability of law enforcement. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!”
People react to the guilty verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial[/caption]
Floyd’s brother, Rodney, told MSNBC he was overwhelmed with emotional at the trial’s outcome.
“I’m feeling tears of joy, so emotional,” Rodney said. “This right here is for everyone that’s been in this situation. Everybody, everybody.”
Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, called Tuesday a “huge day for the world”.
“We’re finally starting to see. We walked around with eyes wide shut for a long time, so they’re starting to open today, and this is going to be the first in a future of change,” she told CNN.
“For me, it means that my friends and people that have also lost loved ones now have a chance to get their cases reopened.”
Former President Barack Obama expressed his relief in a statement on Twitter, insisting the jury “did the right thing”.
“But true justice requires much more,” Obama wrote.
“Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was “glad justice was served” for Floyd’s family.
“However, a guilty verdict doesn’t mean the persistent problem of police misconduct is solved. We’ll keep working for meaningful change,” Schumer pledged.
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