On May 25, 2020 the world witnessed a police officer’s brutality resulting in the death of a man named George Floyd. Following this the world stood up for Black rights and a huge campaign started under the hastag, ‘#Blacklivesmatter’.
The widely watched footage sparked worldwide protests against racism and excessive use of force by police. Chauvin was found guilty on three charges, second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
His bail was immediately revoked and he was placed in custody. Sentencing is likely to happen in two months, and Chauvin could spend decades in jail. He is expected to appeal against the verdict.
In nationally televised remarks shortly afterwards, Mr Joe Biden said that, ‘Systemic racism is a stain on the whole nation’s soul.’ Meanwhile, Ms Harris urged lawmakers to pass the George Floyd bill aimed at reforming policing in the US. The Minneapolis police federation, a not for profit organisation representing police, said they respected the jury’s decision
According to reports, one of the most likely avenues of appeal is the huge publicity given to the case with the defence team arguing that this might have influenced the jury.