The sentence against the ex-policeman who killed Floyd will be read on June 16. Derek Chauvin was convicted of second degree involuntary murder.
The sentence against former police officer Derek Chauvin , found guilty by a jury of the murder of African American George Floyd , will be announced on June 16, according to court documents published this Friday. The reading of the ruling is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Central US time (6:30 p.m. GMT), according to a notification from the Hennepin County (Minnesota, USA) court, where Chauvin has been tried.
Chauvin was found guilty three days ago by a jury of involuntary second degree murder , punishable by up to 40 years in jail; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and involuntary manslaughter in the second degree, which carries up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty. This Friday, Judge Peter Cahill ordered that the names of the 12 jurors remain secret for at least six months to avoid being harassed.
Floyd died on May 25 after Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for more than nine minutes , triggering a wave of protests and race riots in the US not seen since the assassination of Martin Luther King at the end of the 1960s.
After knowing the verdict, the president of the USA, Joe Biden, demanded that the Congress of the country approve reforms of the police practices to be “at the height of the legacy” of Floyd. In a speech at the White House, Biden described the jury’s decision as “a giant step in the march toward justice,” but said it is “not enough” to combat “systemic racism” in the United States.
Vice President Kamala Harris – the first black woman to hold that position – considered that there is “much to be done” to combat “racial injustice”, which is “a problem for every American.”