Transcript for Derek Chauvin found guilty on all 3 counts for death of George Floyd
of George Floyd and the Good evening again, and it is great to have you with us on history made in this country. The verdict coming in late this afternoon from Minneapolis. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek chauvin found guilty on all three charges in the death of George Floyd, nearly a year ago. It was memorial day last year. The jury coming to a swift, unanimous decision after just 10 1/2 hours of deliberation. Intense anticipation across the country you waiting to hear, and then the verdict came in. The camera trained on Derek chauvin's face as the judge read the decision. Guilty of second degree murder. Guilty of third degree murder and guilty of second degree manslaughter. Guilty on all three charges. The silence broken outside the courthouse. Hundreds gathered there. Shouts of surprise but also relief in George Floyd's square, that's right outside cup foods in south Minneapolis where George Floyd died last memorial day. President Biden, as we've been reporting this afternoon, calling George Floyd's family, telling them, quote, nothing is going to make it all better, but at least now there is some justice. And this image tonight from black lives matter plaza in Washington, D.C. This is just across from the white house. A young black man falling to his knees in tears. We heard descriptions from Rachel Scott who was on the scene there. Within moments, Derek chauvin placed in handcuffs and led away, potentially facing decades behind bars. And at this hour, the reaction, of course, coming in from across this country. What will it mean for the nation's reckoning on race, justice and policing? ABC's Alex Perez leading us off tonight from Minneapolis. Members of the jury, I will now lead the verdict. Reporter: The jury deliberating just 10 1/2 hours, and with the nation watching, judge Peter Cahill reading their unanimous verdict. We, the jury in the above entitled matter, as to count one, unintentional second degree murder while commmitting a felony, find the defendant guilty. Verdict count two. We, the jury in the above entitled matter, as to count two, third-degree murder perpetrating an eminently dangerous act, find the defendant guilty. Verdict count three. We, the jury in the above entitled matter as to count three, second-degree manslaughter, culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk, find the defendant guilty. Reporter: The jury of seven women and five men, which included six people of color, stayed late last night and came in early this morning. They worked swiftly and didn't send out a single question during their deliberations. Are these your verdicts so say you one, so say you all? Yes. Reporter: In Houston, George Floyd's family members, including his older brother, watching as the verdict was read. Find the defendant guilty. Yes! Find the defendant guilty. Yes! Reporter: Here in Minneapolis, other family members erupting. Yes! Reporter: And in George Floyd square, near where he was murdered, jubilation. The prosecution built their case around that video seen around the world. The 9 minutes and 29 seconds that sparked a racial reckoning movement, telling jurors, believe your own eyes. It's exactly what you knew. It's what you felt in your gut. It's what you now know in your heart. This wasn't policing. This was murder. Reporter: The teenager who shot that video, darnella Frazier, taking the stand, testifying offcamera. Like so many eyewitnesses, she's still haunted by what she saw. When I look at George Floyd, I look at -- I look at my dad. I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles, because they're all black. I look at how that could have been one of them. It's been nights, I stayed up apologizing and -- and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more. Reporter: A dozen law enforcement witnesses, including the Minneapolis chief of police, testified against Derek chauvin. To continue to apply that level of force to a person, proned out, handcuffed behind their back. That -- that in no way, shape or form is anything that is by policy. It is not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values. Reporter: The prosecution's medical experts were blunt. A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died as a result of what he was subjected to. Reporter: CHAU vun opting not to take the stand in his own defense. I will invoke my fifth amendment privilege today. Reporter: His attorney calling just seven witnesses to the prosecution's 38. They sought to convince jurors that George Floyd's heart disease and drug use led to his death, not chauvin's knee on his Derek chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over the course of his 19-year career. The use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary component of policing. Reporter: But the jury was not convinced, and tonight, we have their judgment. What Derek chauvin did to George Floyd wasn't policing, it was murder. The former officer put in handcuffs himself, as he was led out of court. And so where do we go from here as far as Derek chauvin as his fate? Let's bring in Alex Perez, who has been covering this case from the start and the trial there in Minneapolis. Alex, I understand Derek chauvin will be sentenced in about eight weeks now and faces up to 40 years behind bars, based on that most serious of the charges? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, David. He could face up to 40 years behind bars. The judge will have a lot of discretion and can consider many factors when he imposes his sentence. Tonight, David, we're hearing from darnella Frazier, that young woman who posted and shared that video that we've all she tweeted tonight, "George Floyd, we did it. Justice has been served." David? Darnella Frazier reaffecting to the news today and remembering her on the witness stand, saying she's cried many a night wondering if she could have done more for George Floyd. Alex Perez leading us off tonight, thank you. And of course, there's already
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