It took just three days after the April 11 killing of a young Black man by a white police officer in Minnesota for local prosecutors to announce charges in the case. Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was charged on Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting and killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced. Potter's chief said Potter intended to use her Taser electroshock weapon but instead accidentally fired her gun. "We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her Taser," Imran Ali, a prosecutor in Orput's office, said in a statement . While Wright's family is calling for murder charges against Potter, the alacrity with which Orput acted marks a shift from just a few years ago, when investigators would routinely spend months on a police shooting case only to … [Read more...] about Convicting Police of Murder Remains Rare in US
Derek Chauvin in the courtroom as the jury was read. Photo: NBC News/YouTube Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – in the death of George Floyd. The verdict was announced on Tuesday afternoon, just one day after the defense and the prosecution gave their closing arguments in the trial. Since Chauvin has no criminal history, each murder charge carries a presumptive prison sentence of 12.5 years, and the manslaughter charge carries a presumptive sentence of four years. However, the sentence for second-degree murder could be as high as 40 years, and the maximum for third-degree murder is 25 years. Chauvin was immediately taken into custody, and will be sentenced in the coming weeks. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25th, 2020 after police responded to a call about the alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill at a Cup Foods … [Read more...] about Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts
close Video Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges Former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder, manslaughter in death of George Floyd A panel of jurors has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty Tuesday on all three charges in connection with the May 2020 death of George Floyd , after one of the most closely watched criminal trials in recent memory. Chauvin, 45, was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. With Americans on edge as they awaited the verdict, the jury announced that it has found him guilty across the board. His bail was immediately revoked and he was led away with his hands cuffed behind his back. Cheers and cars honking could be heard outside the Hennepin County Courthouse as the verdict was read. Chauvin's sentencing is scheduled for eight weeks from now, the judge said. He could be sent to prison for decades. … [Read more...] about Derek Chauvin trial verdict: Ex-Minneapolis police officer found guilty on all charges in George Floyd’s death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Crowds nationwide reacted with jubilation Tuesday but also with deep awareness of the progress left to be made after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder in the killing of George Floyd. Loud cheering erupted from Floyd’s family members watching in an adjacent courthouse room as the judge read the verdict to a city and nation on edge. At the Minneapolis intersection where the Black man died on May 25, a vigil gave way to celebration as crowds began to course down the streets. People hung out of their cars, honked and waved signs as images of Chauvin being handcuffed and taken into custody played on millions of TVs and phones across the United States. READ MORE: 'The First Step Towards Justice': Officials In Minnesota React To Guilty Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial “It means so much to me,” said Venisha Johnson, a Black woman who cried at a gathering in what’s been dubbed George Floyd Square as the verdict was read. “I’ve … [Read more...] about ‘It’s A Blessed Moment’: Crowds React With Joy Over Verdict In Floyd’s Death
Photo: Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The three-week criminal trial of Derek Chauvin ended on Tuesday with three guilty verdicts, forestalling mass protests of the sort Minnesota officials had spent weeks anticipating and deploying armed agents to suppress. More than a legal referendum on Chauvin’s conduct, the trial was a bilateral effort to defend the virtues of policing. The dishonesty this required from both prosecutors and the defense — and the workaday violence it obscured — should leave no doubt that justice for people like George Floyd has nothing to do with the rare officer an unjust institution chooses to rebuke. The crux of the prosecution focused on whether Chauvin’s behavior was deviant enough to warrant consequences. Close to a dozen former and current police officials — mostly from Minneapolis, but elsewhere too — testified against the former officer, who last spring was video-recorded kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes until the … [Read more...] about This Is Not Justice. It’s Self-Preservation.