Ohio Officials React to Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial

Chauvin has been convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

click to enlarge Screengrab of Derek Chauvin being taken into custody after being convicted on all three counts in the May murder of George Floyd - Photo: Screengrab
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Screengrab of Derek Chauvin being taken into custody after being convicted on all three counts in the May murder of George Floyd

On Tuesday, a Minneapolis jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts for the May 2020 death of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin has been taken into custody and will be sentenced in eight weeks. 

According to CNN, "the maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is imprisonment of not more than 40 years. The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment of not more than 25 years. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years and/or $20,000."

Local and state officials have been posting their reactions across social media. 

Mayor John Cranley tweeted, "The life of George Floyd mattered" with his statement.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost wrote, "What Derek Chauvin did to George Floyd is murder. He killed more than a man—he nearly killed the hope of justice."

Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus tweeted, "Today, justice for George Floyd. There is so much more to be done to heal our community, but today, relief that justice has been served."

Mayoral hopeful and Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval wrote, "Today’s verdict is a powerful affirmation of the tireless work by protesters and advocates across the country. But nothing will bring George Floyd back. True justice means preventing the next Black life from being taken from us. Together, we can and will move forward."

Gov. Mike DeWine posted an official statement to his twitter. 


Cincinnati Police Department's Eliot Isaac also urged Cincinnatians "to please express their emotions in a respectful and peaceful manner."

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