The Minnesota police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last spring has been found guilty.
This has been one of the most public trials the country has ever seen with everyone from the mailman to the President praying for the judicial system to "do the right thing" and hand down a guilty verdict.
Chauvin, 45, was seen in a viral video last May kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for over nine minutes while Floyd begged for his life and asked for his deceased mother. That video, captured by a teenage girl, was influential in Chauvin's conviction. It's hard to deny someone's guilt when the entire world saw the man die in front of their eyes.
Chauvin has been found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd's death on Memorial Day 2020 sparked protests in Minneapolis, across the United States and around the world. It prompted calls for police reform and soul-searching on issues of racial injustice.
Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man from Houston who had moved to Minnesota three years earlier. He was a father and brother who idolized his mother, loved making music and had been a star athlete as a young man.
This is just the first step. Many African Americans in this country are still holding their breath until Chauvin is sentenced. Right now he is facing 12 years in prison but he could receive the maximum sentence of 40 years.