On May 25th, George Floyd, a 46-year old black man was taken into custody after a convenience store called Cup Foods, employees called the police over suspicions over him using a counterfeit 20$ bill to buy cigarettes. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Floyd became unconscious after he was pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and Alexander Keung beneath him. showing no signs of life. Floyd was pinned to the ground for 8 minutes 46 seconds. As he was taken by the ambulance he went into cardiac arrest, and was announced dead at a nearby hospital at 9:25 pm. This event outraged millions in the U.S as people protested and a movement. People demanded justice for Floyd and to make sure that the 4 officers would be punished. People started riots, burning cars, stealing resources from nearby stores. All four officers were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Last Tuesday, on April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin’s trial took place. It was reasonable for trying to get him under control in the first few seconds, but after he became responsive and wasn’t resistant, even when he unconscious, wasn’t right for Derek Chauvin to keep his knee on his neck despite Floyd yelling that he couldn’t breathe. However, Chauvin’s defense was that there was a range of potential factors in Floyd’s death, including what it said was Floyd’s enlarged heart, fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system and possible carbon from the squad car exhaust. In opinion of Baker, the medical examiner stated, “While fentanyl and heart disease may have contributed to Floyd’s death, they were not the direct cause. They also defended Chauvin saying that the actual time was 7 minutes 46 seconds that Floyd was pinned to the ground. However, it made no difference, “it was long enough to kill him, long enough to execute him.” On April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin was charged with unintentional second-degree murder, Third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin was arrested and taken to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights.