- LAST MINUTE: Jury has already reached a verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial
- The cop accused of murdering George Floyd, Derek Chauvin has received a sentence
- American citizens are on their toes, some have prepared for strong protests
Jury reaches verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial over George Floyd’s death; it was read Tuesday afternoon, according to The Associated Press. The verdict for the policeman accused of murdering the Afro-American man comes in the midst of strong tensions.
US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he hoped that the verdict in the trial for the death of African American George Floyd would be the “right one,” while the jury deliberated on the possible guilt of former police officer Derek Chauvin, reports Efe.
LAST MINUTE: Jury already has a verdict for Derek Chauvin
The jury in the case of the death of George Floyd has already reached a verdict, as reported on its website of the Judicial Branch of the state of Minnesota. The jury has decided to plead guilty to all the charges brought against him.
In his words to the press in the Oval Office, Biden made his statements clearer so far about the process against Chauvin and assured that he had waited to pronounce himself until the jury was “isolated” and deliberating on the case.
“I’m praying,” Biden assured
“I am praying that the verdict is correct. In my opinion, it is overwhelming, ”said the president, without clarifying whether he was referring to the evidence against Chauvin or the case itself. Biden’s comments are extraordinary, because presidents don’t usually make them.
Taking a stand for a result in a criminal process was something new, Biden’s statements come a day after the judge presiding over the process against Chauvin, Peter Cahill, asked that the country’s politicians “stop talking about this case ”.
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White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki tried to defend Biden’s statements during his daily press conference, arguing that the president did not intend to “pronounce on the verdict”, but only to “express his compassion for the family” of Floyd.
“His intention is not to influence, but he has been touched by the impact this has had on the family,” said the spokeswoman. Biden’s statements coincide with an avalanche of criticism from the Republican opposition to the Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters, who this weekend said that the protesters should “increase their confrontation” if Chauvin is acquitted, although later he clarified that he did not intend to incite violence. .
Biden talks to George Floyd’s family
Biden spoke by phone on Monday with the family of Floyd, whose death in May 2020 went around the world thanks to a video that showed Derek Chauvin pressing his neck with his knee for more than 9 minutes.
In his brief statements this Tuesday, Biden assured that he cannot “imagine the pressure and anxiety felt” by Floyd’s relatives, and stressed that they “are asking for peace and tranquility, whatever the verdict,” according to with Efe.
Verdict for Derek Chauvin comes at ‘tense’ moment
Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise Floyd, told NBC that he appreciated Biden’s call because he “knows the process” they are going through, as the president has lost two of his children and his first wife. .
The trial jury has been in a Minneapolis hotel since Monday and must unanimously decide whether or not Chauvin is guilty of the three charges he faces. The final stretch of the trial comes in a context of growing tension in the country after the death by police shootings of the African-American Daunte Wright, 20, in Brooklyn Center (Minnesota) and Adam Toledo, 13, in Chicago, which occurred both in recent weeks, indicates Efe.
Justice? Charges for Derek Chauvin
The United States was in suspense awaiting the verdict of the trial against Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer accused of killing George Floyd last May. The jury, isolated in a Minneapolis hotel, must unanimously decide whether or not Chauvin is guilty of the three charges he faces.
These charges include: murder in the second degree, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and manslaughter in the second degree, which carries up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty, reveals Efe.
Derek Chauvin with no criminal record prior to verdict
As he has no criminal record, he could only be sentenced to a maximum of 12 and a half years in prison for each of the first two charges and 4 years in prison for the third, indicates Efe. The jurors are six white people, four African American and two “multiracial”.
The deliberations began on Monday after the final arguments of the Prosecutor’s Office and the defense until 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT on Tuesday) and resumed their debate this morning at 8:00 local time (13:00 GMT) reported the local newspaper Star Tribune.
Security to the ‘maximum’ in the USA
The uncertainty over the outcome of the trial has resulted in tension on the streets, especially in Minneapolis, where there are more than 3,000 members of the US National Guard deployed in the metropolitan area of the city.
In the center, near the courthouse, there are armored vehicles in most of the corners in anticipation that the issuance of the verdict could provoke possible massive protests, indicates Efe. Until this Tuesday, the demonstrations in the city have been peaceful.
Decision in the hands of the jury
The foregoing, as Efe had been able to verify, although a church in the northwest of the city suffered a fire this Monday night, the causes of which are still under investigation and that could not be related to the concentrations in memory of Floyd and other victims of police brutality.
Although the decision on Chauvin’s future was made by the jurors, the majority of the US population believes that the former police officer should be found guilty of the murder of Floyd, whose last moments in life were recorded by various passersby in a southern Minneapolis neighborhood.
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That is clear from the latest Hill-HarrisX poll, published in the last hours, which found that 47% of Americans believe that Chauvin is guilty, while 20% believe that he is not, indicates Efe. On the other hand, 33% say they are not sure, according to this survey.
The same that had the participation of 2,881 people and has a margin of error of 1.83 percentage points. What all the respondents did agree on was to ensure that they saw the dramatic video in which Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds until the African American stopped breathing.
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