Guilty on all counts.
There could be no other verdict, given the overwhelming evidence against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
Yet, it was still a historic moment Tuesday when Judge Peter A. Cahill read the jury’s verdicts against Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer. The jury convicted Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Those 12 jurors
— a cross-section of America, with six whites, four African Americans and two people who identified as multiracial — refused to look away. They believed what their eyes saw in the damning video of Floyd’s murder, played over and over again in a Minneapolis courtroom as Chauvin’s trial unfolded over three weeks.
How could they not convict? They saw the video, taken by a teenager with a cell phone, of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. They heard Floyd say “I can’t breathe” 27 times. They heard bystanders plead with Chauvin to get off Floyd.
Beyond the damning video, seen around the world since Floyd’s killing last Memorial Day, jurors saw something else that made this trial so historic: Cops themselves finally crossing the thin blue line to testify against one of their own.