Derek Chauvin gained notoriety for killing George Floyd in 2020. As we speak, he has been found guilty of murder and has been handed a sentence of twenty-two and a half years behind bars.
The World Was Waiting
The world waited with bated breath as Chauvin was sentenced. However, there was one thing people noticed above all else.
The Cop-Turned-Convict Left A Cryptic Message For George Floyd's Family
We'll have a look at the cryptic message that became the focus of the former police officer's sentencing.
Chauvin's murder trial was highly anticipated and keenly watched by many people around the world. The murder trial started in Minneapolis on March 29 at the Hennepin County Courthouse.
The Trial Started With The Court Watching The Horrifying Video Of Chauvin Killing Floyd
The prosecution started with the prosecution side showing the video that became the focus of the murder trial. In the video, Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck.
Floyd was crying out saying, "I can't breathe."
During the opening statement, Jerry Blackwell, special prosecutor, told the jury:
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
A Never-Before-Seen Bodycam Footage Was Also Presented
In addition to several eye-witness accounts, the jury was also shown bodycam footage detailing what happened on May 25.
The video showed more details about the moments that led to Floyd's arrest, including the moment he encountered the police officers.
The media reports said that the court was also shown bodycam footage from Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Keung, and Tou Thau. The three officers are facing aiding and abetting charges for their role in Floyd's murder.
From the video, Floyd is sitting in the driver's seat of his car. He is also begging the officers not to shoot him.
In The Video, One Of The Officers Pulled A Gun On Floyd
Even as Floyd continued to plead with the officers, the officers pulled a gun on him.
From the footage, it is clear that Floyd is quite distressed by the encounter, and he was trying to beg them not to shoot:
"Please don't shoot me, please, man… I just lost my mom."
The Video Was Hard To Watch
Days after the court saw the footage. The prosecution brought in an expert witness who testified about what caused Floyd to die.
Chauvin's Knee On Floyd's Neck Caused His Death
The prosecutors argued that Floyd's death was caused by Chauvin's knee pressing on his neck.
However, Chauvin's defense argued that the man's illegal drug use and underlying medical conditions were mainly responsible for his death.
Dr. Martin Tobin Testified During The Case
Dr. Martin Tobin, who has forty-five of experience as a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor, gave his testimony during the hearing.
He fully backed the opinion that Floyd died from the pressure Chauvin put on Floyd's neck.
During his testimony, Dr. Martin said that Floyd "died from a low level of oxygen" which "caused damage to his brain," and this also caused "PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."
Evidence Was Piling Up Against Chauvin
Evidence was no in Chauvin's favor, and his defense was clearly getting desperate. The former officer's defense lawyers argued that Floyd put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting arrest, which compounded his vulnerability to heart disease.
Despite his team's best efforts, Chauvin didn't get the court's favor.
Derek Chauvin Was Found Guilty Of Murder
On April 20th, the court found Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd. According to the jury, Chauvin was guilty of second-degree unintentional murder.
He was also found on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The Court Proceedings Were Followed By Millions Around The World
Many people from all around the globe tuned in and watched as Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Chauvin after a guilty verdict.
Chauvin was calm and motionless as the verdicts were read out in court.
The Former Cop Will Serve Twenty-Two And A Half Years In Jail
Following his sentence, Chauvin will spend more than two decades behind bars.
Second-degree murder has a maximum prison sentence of forty years in the state of Minnesota. Third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter had maximum sentences of 25 and 10 years in jail, respectively.
Since his arrest, he has been in custody.
Right Now, People Are Considering Chauvin's Comments Before His Sentencing
After Floyd's family gave their victim impact statements and lawyers from the two sides appealed to Judge Peter Cahill, Chauvin's mother also spoke.
She said that her son had given 19 years of his life to the Minneapolis Police Department and that it had been hard for her to hear the media, the public, and the prosecution say that he was an aggressive, heartless, and uncaring man.
"I can tell you that is far from the truth. My son's identity has also been reduced to that… as a racist. I want this court to know that none of these things are true and that my son is a good man. Derek always dedicated his life and time to the police department. Even on his days off, he would call in to see if they needed help."
It Was Chauvin's Statement That Got Everyone's Attention
In his address to Floyd's family, Chauvin's words were very cryptic.
Chauvin's Words Were Eerie
In his statement, he had these words to say:
"At the time, due to some additional legal matters at hand, I'm not able to give a full-formed statement at this time. Briefly though. I want to give my condolences to the Floyd family. There's gonna be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind."
RIP George Floyd
Hopefully, the sentence his killer has received will bring some peace and a sense of justice to Floyd's family. This development should also give hope to the many who have suffered terribly due to police brutality.