DEREK Chauvin will be placed on suicide watch in a maximum security prison as he awaits sentencing for the murder of George Floyd.
After nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttal on Monday, the 12 jurors – seven women and five men – were led away to deliberate.
The judge announced the jury’s verdict at just after 4pm local time on Tuesday.
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.
On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Department of Corrections said Chauvin was taken to a maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights – 25 miles east of Minneapolis.
Oak Park Heights is the state’s only Level Five 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 and only one inmate has been killed.
But Chauvin will be considered a suicide risk and he will be closely monitored for his own safety, Daily Mail reports.
Floyd died last May following an arrest during which Chauvin placed a knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
Caught on video, those tragic final moments led to widespread protests and riots across the US against police brutality and racism.
Read our Derek Chauvin trial live blog for the latest on George Floyd’s killing…
HOW MUCH TIME WILL CHAUVIN GET IN PRISON?
After being convicted on all three charges he was facing — second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter — Derek Chauvin is facing up to 75 years in prison for killing George Floyd last May.
The most serious charge, second-degree murder, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years behind bars.
However, Minnesota sentencing guidelines allow defendants who have no criminal history, like Chauvin, to serve far less time.
According to those guidelines, Chauvin could only be sentenced for the most serious charge since all of the charges stem from the same crime.
However, prosecutors have suggested that the will seek harsher sentencing.
Chauvin is set to be sentenced in June and is currently being held at maximum security prison Oak Park Heights, which is in Stillwater – 25 miles east of Minneapolis.
PELOSI SLAMMED FOR BIZARRE COMMENTS ABOUT FLOYD ‘SACRIFICING’ HIMSELF
“Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” she said at a press conference held with the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday.
The official Black Lives Matter Twitter shared a video of the speech, calling the Speaker’s words “disrespectful,” and pointing out that Floyd did not “choose to die.”
BRETT FAVRE SAYS DEREK CHAUVIN DIDN’T ‘MEAN’ TO KILL GEORGE FLOYD
The day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges related to George Floyd’s murder, ex-NFL quarterback Brett Favre weighed in on the case, saying he finds it “hard to believe” that the ex-cop meant to kill Floyd.
“I find it hard to believe — and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any way — I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd,” Favre said on his “Boiling With Favre” podcast.
However, he then went on the slam the cop for continuing to place his knee on Floyd’s neck, long after he had stopped resisting.
“That being said, his actions were uncalled for,” Favre, who once played QB for the Minnesota Vikings, said.
CHAUVIN APPEAL WOULD BE DIFFICULT, EXPERTS SAY
One possible route the defense could take to appeal is using public comments made by Rep Maxine Waters and President Joe Biden about the trial.
However, legal experts told The Hill that trying to overturn the conviction due to the publicity around the case would not likely hold up.
“There just is not going to be any more reversals of convictions based on outside influences like that,” Joseph Friedberg, a veteran criminal defense attorney in Minneapolis, told the outlet.
CHAUVIN WILL BE IN SECLUSION 23 HOURS A DAY IN MAX SECURITY
After he was convicted on all charges related to George Floyd‘s death, Derek Chauvin was sent to the Minnesota Department of Corrections Oak Park Heights facility, the state’s only max-security facility.
He is reportedly being held in “administrative segregation” for his own safety.
For 23 hours a day, Chauvin will be held in his cell with no contact with other inmates. He will be permitted to leave his cell for exercise for an average of one hour a day.
He’s currently awaiting sentencing, which is expected to come in June.
INCREASED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS WINDING DOWN
The increased law enforcement presence that was put into place in Minneapolis as the country awaited the results in the Derek Chauvin-George Floyd murder trial was winding down on Wednesday evening.
Gatherings in the wake of Chauvin being found guilty were peaceful, law enforcement officials said at a press conference on Wednesday.
A Minnesota Department of Public Safety official said that Operation Safety Net, a collaboration between state and local agencies, had achieved its goal of preventing “massive property destruction and chaos in our streets.”
AOC SAYS CHAUVIN VERDICT IS ‘NOT JUSTICE’
Shortly after Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts — second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter — on Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the ruling was “not justice.”
The New York representative said the guilty conviction was no substitute for policy change.
AOC was hit with a bit of backlash from Twitter users who urged her to allow people to applaud the verdict and “stop whining.”
THREE OTHER OFFICERS IN GEORGE FLOYD CASE TO STAND TRIAL IN THE SUMMER
The three other officers who were on the scene when Derek Chauvin placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last May will stand trial for their roles in his death over the summer.
Former Minneapolis cops Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are all facing aiding and abetting charges, as well as second-degree murder charges.
The three former cops remain out on bond currently, with their trial set to begin on August 23, 2021.
NAMES OF JURORS IN CHAUVIN TRAIL TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS — FOR NOW
The judge in the Derek Chauvin case ordered the names of the 12 jurors who determined the verdict be withheld until after the trial thanks to the nature of the case, the Minneapolis StarTribune reported.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill told potential jurors that their names would come out eventually before they were selected, but they remain anonymous for now.
In the 2019 trial that led to the conviction of former Minneapolis Officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, the judge in that case waited over 18 months before releasing the names, and only did so following legal action.
CHILD WITNESS TO GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH IS ‘PROUD’ OF TESTIFYING IN CHAUVIN TRIAL
Jedeah Reynolds, the now-10-year-old girl who witnessed George Floyd’s death along with her cousin Darnella Frazier and testified in the case against Derek Chauvin, said she is “proud” of her contribution to the case.
Reynolds appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday and was asked how she felt after the guilty verdict against Chauvin was announced.
“Kinda proud,” she answered.
During her testimony, the young girl had said watching Floyd’s death made her “mad and kind of sad.”
GEORGE FLOYD’S BROTHER PRAISED PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN FOR VISITING THE FAMILY
George Floyd’s brother Philonise also praised President Joe Biden for visiting them since his brother’s death during an appearance on The View on Wednesday.
“He knows how it feels to lose someone,” Philonise told the hosts of the daytime talk show.
GEORGE FLOYD’S BROTHER SAYS ALL COPS INVOLVED IN HIS DEATH ‘SHOULD BE LOCKED UP’
Philonise and Rodney Floyd appeared on The View on Wednesday with the family’s lawyer Ben Crump, and Philonise said during the appearance that the three other cops involved in their brother’s death should be punished.
“They all should be locked up, together,” Philonise said of Chauvin and the three other officers — Thomas Lane, J.A. Keung, and Tou Thao — who are charged with aiding and abetting in the death of Floyd.
“Because my brother’s doing time in the ground and they all need to be doing time in a cell.”
Philonise said all three of them should “be held accountable” because if “the roles were reversed that’s what would happen to me.”
DEREK CHAUVIN BEING KEPT IN MAXIMUM SECURITY JAIL FOLLOWING CONVICTION
Derek Chauvin is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day in a maximum-security prison in Minneapolis after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd on Tuesday.
The former cop, 45, was taken to Oak Park Heights after the verdict was read out in court.
Chauvin is being held in an isolated wing of the prison due to fears for his safety, a spokesperson for the state prison system said.
He will remain in the maximum-security facility for at least the next eight weeks while he waits to be sentenced, and is on suicide watch.
PRESIDENT BIDEN, REP. WATERS’ COMMENTS ‘UNLIKELY’ TO REVERSE CHAUVIN TRIAL VERDICT
Former Deputy Independent Counsel Sol Wisenberg told The Faulkner Focus on Fox News Wednesday it’s “extremely unlikely” President Joe Biden and Rep. Maxine Waters’ comments about the Derek Chauvin trial would result in a reversal of the verdict.
“It could be fodder or material on appeal if you can argue that this affected the jury,” Wisenberg told host Harris Faulkner.
“First of all, you would have to be able to show that they were aware of it and would have to have some evidence that it affected their deliberations.”
“President Biden, who, while his comments were nowhere near as inappropriate as Congresswoman Waters, shouldn’t have been made either…But no, this will not be, I believe, overturned for either of these reasons,” he added.
FORMER OFFICER CHAUVIN MAY FACE UP TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in his trial regarding the death of George Floyd and could face up to 40 years in prison as a result.
The maximum sentences for the charges are: second-degree murder — 40 years, third-degree murder is 25 years, and second-degree manslaughter is 10 years.
But for someone who has never been convicted of a crime before, such as Chauvin, the recommendation for sentencing in Minnesota is only 12.5 years for each murder charge, plus four years for manslaughter.
Judge Cahill will decide in eight weeks how long Chauvin will be in prison for.
PRESS SEC NOTES MA’KHIA BRYANT’S DEATH CAME ON THE HEELS OF AMERICA BEING ‘HOPEFUL’ ABOUT CHAUVIN CONVICTION
During a press conference on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the death of Ma’Khia Bryant “tragic” and noted it came just as Americans were becoming “hopeful” in the wake of the Derek Chauvin conviction.
“Her death came…just as America was hopeful of a step forward after the traumatic and exhausting trial of Derek Chauvin and the verdict that was reached,” she said.
PRESIDENT BIDEN DOESN’T THINK HE CAN ACHIEVE THE GEORGE FLOYD POLICING ACT ‘ALONE,’ PRESS SEC SAYS
“The President doesn’t believe that he alone can pull the George Floyd Act across the finish line,” Psaki said. “That is going to be up to Congress.”
“There are negotiations that are happening,” Psaki noted. ‘There are leaders on both sides that are having those discussions, are working towards this goal.”
She added that Biden “believes the bar for convicting officers is too high.”
JOY REID IS ‘VERY CYNICAL ABOUT CHARGES AGAINST POLICE’ EVEN AFTER CHAUVIN CONVICTION
Late-night host Jimmy Fallon had MSNBC’s Joy Reid on the show as a guest following the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday, and she said she is still “cynical” about charges against law enforcement in these cases.
“I tend to go with the statistics that show … about 2 percent of police officers are ever convicted of killing someone — let alone killing somebody Black,” Reid said, “I steel myself for [police] to not be charged.”
In the Chauvin case, Reid added, “This needed to go this way … for our society to be able to take a step forward.”
LATE-NIGHT HOST JIMMY KIMMEL ‘GRATEFUL’ CHAUVIN CASE RESULTED IN CONVICTION
Jimmy Kimmel Live host Jimmy Kimmel reacted to the news of Derek Chauvin’s conviction on his show on Tuesday, and said, “I think we’re all grateful it went the way that it did.”
“In this case, the jury made the correct decision — a unanimous decision — which is a step in the right direction,” he added. ‘And I hope the verdict itself brings comfort to the family of George Floyd and all those who mourn his death.”
LATE NIGHT HOSTS REACT TO DEREK CHAUVIN CONVICTION
Several late-night television hosts reacted to the conviction of Derek Chauvin on Tuesday, with the Late Show host Stephen Colbert saying, “This nation does not have a great track record on this subject, but at least, in this case, this man faces accountability.”
“Justice is a far more difficult goal,” Colbert added.
“America still has a problem of overpolicing and systemic racism, but hopefully this is a step toward a future where police being held accountable for their actions isn’t headline material.”
ERIC GARNER’S MOTHER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE CHAUVIN TRIAL
“Like with my son’s death, we did not have this type of cooperation from the police department, from the mayor,” she added.
“And we seen on camera just as we did with George Floyd that my son was actually being murdered on video. She noted the officer in her son’s case was not immediately fired, and the DOJ “decided not to go forward with the trial.”
“If not for me and other groups pushing to have the departmental trial, it would have been all just swept under the rug,” she said.
AMERICANS STRONGLY APPROVE OF CHAUVIN GUILTY VERDICT, POLL FINDS
A poll conducted within hours of the announcement of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict found Americans strongly approved of the jury’s findings, USA Today reported.
The USA Today/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1000 American adults online from all states, found that an astounding 71 percent of Americans agreed Chauvin was guilty.
Only 12 percent said they rejected the verdict, the outlet noted.
THE VIEW HOST SUNNY HOSTIN CALLS DEREK CHAUVIN’S CONVICTION ‘WHAT JUSTICE LOOKS LIKE’
The View host Sunny Hostin cried during an appearance on ABC News on Tuesday as she said of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict, “I am so relieved that this is what justice finally looks like for my community.”
“While I know this does not bring George Floyd back to his family, to his loved ones, to his brother who we have heard from so eloquently, at least I believe now that the movement that we have seen since his murder on video for the world to see is not just a moment,” the former lawyer added.
“I really believe that this is a movement that we have seen, and for that I am so very thankful that perhaps we will see real change, much-needed change in this country,” she said.
DOJ OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING CHAUVIN CONVICTION
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the practices of the Minneapolis Police Department, Fox 11 reported.
“Yesterday’s verdict and the criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis,” Attorney General Garland said.
“Today, I am announcing that the justice department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.”
Federal investigators will look into the department’s “excessive use of force, including during protests, discriminatory conduct, and current accountability mechanisms,” Fox 11 reported.
LEBRON JAMES REACTS TO LAS VEGAS RAIDERS TWEET POSTED THE DAY OF CHAUVIN CONVICTION
Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James reacted to a tweet posted by the Las Vegas Raiders Twitter account the same day as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of George Floyd’s death that read “I CAN BREATHE.”
“This is real???? Nah man this ain’t it at all. The F^%K!!!! 🤦🏾♂️” the athlete wrote on a retweet of the controversial tweet and image.
The image in the tweet listed the date of the trial verdict underneath. The content was seen as problematic because Floyd told officers “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times while Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, resulting in his death.