Derek Chauvin was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday afternoon after being found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
One day after being handed the case, jurors found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty of all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The jury deliberated for about 10 hours. Monday, April 19, the prosecution and defense rested.
The country held its collective breath Tuesday for the delivery. As deliberations began, Gov. Tim Walz issued a request under the federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact to bring assistance from Ohio and Nebraska to Minnesota in advance of a verdict. This is on top of the thousands of police officers and National Guard members already patrolling the Twin Cities metro area.
Meanwhile, the National Guard was deployed in large cities including Washington, D.C. and Chicago in preparation for the verdict.
Outside the Hennepin County government building, crowds gathered after the verdict was announced. Activists and broadcasters from across the globe waited for the announcement.
Hudson native Celia Duffee now lives right next door to the center, in an area that she said has felt like a warzone, marked by barbed wire and closed buildings.
From her window, she could see the scene build ahead of the announcement.
“I knew I couldn’t just be like a few steps away, I had to be there and be in it,” Duffee said.
She joined the energetic group before the verdict was announced. People were hopeful as they waited, Duffee said. Then, as the three guilty verdicts came in, the area burst into celebration.
People began changing, singing and jumping up and down, Duffee said.
“Just pure happiness,” she said.
For Duffee, who has seen everything unfold front row for so long, the scene brought goosebumps.
“Not only did I want that decision to happen, but seeing how happy, how the mood shifted everywhere,” she said.
The charges against Chauvin carry maximum penalties of 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. Sentencing likely will come in eight weeks, Judge Peter Cahill said.