ORLANDO, Fla. – Reaction was swift Tuesday as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died last summer with Chauvin’s knee pinned to his neck.
The jury deliberated for about 10 hours before they found Chauvin guilty of all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin, who was wearing a mask, did not appear to react when the verdict was read and his bail was revoked.
A sentencing hearing will be held in eight weeks.
Across Central Florida, law enforcements leaders said they are prepared for any protests or demonstrations like the ones the region saw last year in the wake of Floyd’s death, calling for racial justice.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said they’re both monitoring the situation locally.