Derek Chauvin, former police officer, convicted of killing George Floyd, will be sentenced on June 16

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source: reuters.com

He was found guilty on all three counts of murder and manslaughter, but at the moment, it is unknown what his sentence will be

Dismissed police officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced on June 16 for the murder of George Floyd, an African-American who sparked a wave of anti-racism protests across the country.

Hennepin County District Court in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis, where Floyd, in handcuffs, died last May when Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, said the former white cop He will be sentenced at 1:30 pm (1830 GMT).

Last Tuesday, the jury members of that city unanimously decided that 

Chauvin, 45, is convicted of second-degree manslaughter and could face up to 40 years in prison. The third degree carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. The second degree carries a charge of immoral murder for up to 10 years and a fine of $20,000.

Following the reading of the verdict, which caused an explosion of joy among the protesters who gathered in front of the court, Chauvin was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

Chauvin was videotaped on his neck for more than nine minutes, kneeling, handcuffed, and his face down on the ground, pleading: I can't breathe.

During the trial, defense attorney Eric Nelson assured the jury that Chauvin "did not use illegal force on purpose.

He said it was not a limitation and justified the proceedings of Chauvin and the police officers who kept Floyd in the ground.

According to Nelson, Floyd's heart disease and his drug use were decisive factors: They are trying to convince them that Mr. Floyd's heart disease has played no role. I am not suggesting that it was an extreme death. But it is ridiculous to say that it did not work.

Without success, Nelson urged the jury to find Chauvin not guilty: "The State has not been able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt," he said.

A precedent

The guilty verdict against former agent Derek Chauvin for the murder of African-American George Floyd may set a "precedent" to drive the necessary changes to reduce violence against racial minorities in the United States.

This was expressed by the Salvadoran activist William Martínez, head of the Action Committee for the Rights of Immigrants in Minnesota, who hopes that "there will be better training for police officers, on how dealing with the community and people of color.

Both the ruling against Chauvin and the recent cases of African Americans and Latinos killed by the police have reignited the debate at the national level. However, the reality is that the "George Floyd Police Justice Act" may face opposition in Congress. American, especially in the Senate.

The bill, drafted in the House of Representatives by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, seeks to end the use of strangulation techniques, "legal immunity" for officers, and the militarization of police departments.."