Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is all set to make his way to prison soon after he was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury Tuesday for his role in the murder of George Floyd in 2020.
Floyd’s death was caught on video as it showed the former cop kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes. That moment became a catalyst for the sports world’s racial and social justice movement last summer.
As expected, not everybody was thrilled to see Chauvin pay for his actions.
Herschel Walker’s son, Christian, took to Twitter and disrespected Floyd in a series of tweets that showed his anger over the verdict.
Former MLB player Aubrey Huff had been rooting for Chauvin this entire process, so his reaction was expected.
“Chauvin had the look of a guy being sentenced knowing that no matter what he’d be guilty….regardless of the jury. The jury no doubt felt the radical political intimidation, & their own safety. Chauvin had no chance,” Huff said on Twitter.
A jury of six white, four Black and two multi-racial jurors deliberated nine hours over two days before rendering a verdict.
Chauvin now faces a 40-year maximum sentence for the second-degree unintentional murder conviction, a 25-year sentence for third-degree murder and a 10-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter.
“One year ago, George Floyd was murdered, causing unimaginable pain and trauma for his family, the Minneapolis community, and communities across the nation,” the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx said in a joint statement Tuesday. “Our deepest thoughts have been with the Floyd family since this unjust tragedy. Throughout our history, racial and social inequalities have been ingrained in our society.
“We are hopeful that today’s decision will serve as a step forward, but it does not ease the physical and emotional pain that continues in an environment where systemic racism exists.”