Perspectives: Derek Chauvin Convicted of Murder

Headline Roundup April 21st, 2021

On Tuesday, Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of all three charges raised against him in the killing of George Floyd: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Several cities saw celebrations on streets where businesses had boarded up their windows in anticipation of potential unrest. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) and President Joe Biden received criticism from Republicans over statements made about the trial before the verdict was released; while the jury was sequestered by the time of Biden’s comments, it was only partially sequestered by the time of Waters’ comments. Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the case, said Waters’ comments might be grounds for an appeal.

Voices in left-rated outlets focused on the pain of black communities and the impact of the trial on the wider racial justice movement. Voices in right-rated outlets criticized Waters and Biden, with some supporting the verdict and some opposing it.

Perspectives: Derek Chauvin Convicted of Murder

From the Center
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OPINION

Doubt is at the heart of every criminal defense: Beyond a reasonable doubt, did Derek Chauvin cause the death of George Floyd, and if so, what was the degree of his intent? Eric Nelson, a defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer, hammered this question home to the jury in closing arguments Monday. While the jurors might have thought the prosecution’s evidence was convincing, that wasn’t enough. It had to be convincing beyond a reasonable doubt on every count Chauvin faced: unintentional murder in the second degree, third-degree murder...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

The Derek Chauvin verdict has been nearly a year in the making. Footage of the murder of George Floyd last May has been viewed by millions worldwide, sparking ongoing international protests against police brutality and igniting policy changes to reform and reimagine the role of police. Though the amount of video footage of the killing was unprecedented and the momentum for justice was undeniable, history did not necessarily point to an easy conviction.

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of all three charges — second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree...

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From the Right
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OPINION

The jury has spoken. Derek Chauvin is guilty on all charges. Now it’s time for politicians to do what they haven’t done so far — act responsibly.

President Biden was completely wrong to weigh in on Tuesday, saying that he was praying for a guilty verdict. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was of course worse, saying crowds should get “more confrontational” if former officer Derek Chauvin was found not guilty. It was incitement, and it’s shameful that Democrats defeated a censure vote against her.

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