Chauvin’s trial — the first in the state’s history to be broadcast live — is also believed to be the first time an on-duty white Minnesota police officer has been convicted of the murder of a Black person.
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On Tuesday afternoon, jurors found Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
The state also reports 2,304,975 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Criticized by both police groups and reform advocates, implementation of the law will likely be delayed by months and, according to the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, may even be unconstitutional.
“We are very optimistic that this is going to be ground-breaking work and we hope that we can serve as a leader for state of Minnesota and the country,” said Superintendent Ben Barton.
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The jury starts deliberations today on three counts Derek Chauvin is charged with.