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Chauvin convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death

Minneapolis / Former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted here Tuesday of second-degree murder for the May 2020 death of African-American George Floyd.

The 12-person jury also found Chauvin guilty on the other two counts brought against the fired Minneapolis policeman: third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

As this is his first conviction, Chauvin, 45, could expected to receive a sentence of 12.5 years under Minnesota state guidelines, but prosecutors say the penalty should be stiffer due to what they consider aggravating factors.

Judge Peter Cahill granted a prosecution motion to revoke bail and Chauvin was taken into custody.

Sentencing will take place in eight weeks, the judge said.

The jurors deliberated for nearly 11 hours over two days following closing arguments by the prosecution and defense on Monday.

“I have to thank you on behalf of the people of the state of Minnesota, for not only jury service, but heavy duty jury service,” Cahill told the jurors.

Chauvin, who is white, knelt on the neck of the 46-year-old Floyd for more than nine minutes while taking him into custody for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill on May 25, 2020.

Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly complained that he could not breathe and onlookers, including an off-duty paramedic, pleaded with Chauvin to get off his neck.

A crowd of more than 600 people gathered outside the courthouse burst into applause and shouts of “justice” as they listened over cell phones to live coverage of the reading of the verdict.

Floyd’s family and one of the attorneys representing them, Ben Crump, said in a statement that the “verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world.”

“Justice for Black America is justice for all of America. This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state,” the statement said. (April 20, 2021, EFE)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
acaba de comenzar un juicio contra un expolicía que está acusado de haber causado la muerte de George Floyd.
aún no se conoce cuál es el veredicto del jurado en el juicio contra un expolicía que está acusado de haber causado la muerte de George Floyd.
ya se conoce el veredicto del jurado en el juicio contra un expolicía acusado de haber causado la muerte de George Floyd.
Question 2
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se desmiente que haya habido unanimidad en el veredicto del jurado.
todos los miembros del jurado consideran que Chauvin es culpable de todos los cargos que se le imputaban.
el jurado considera que Chauvin es culpable de solo dos de los cargos que se le imputaban.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que...
se desmiente que el año pasado hubiera protestas en el país por la muerte de George Floyd.
hubo una ola de protestas en todo el país después de conocerse el veredicto del jurado.
muchas personas celebraron en las calles que el jurado haya condenado a Chauvin.
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Según el texto...
por ahora Biden no ha hecho ninguna declaración pública en relación con el veredicto del jurado.
Biden considera que hay que hacer una serie de reformas para que los ciudadanos vuelvan a confiar en los agentes de policía.
se desconoce si Biden habló con la familia de Floyd después de que se conociera el veredicto del jurado.
Question 5
En el vídeo observarmos que...
ninguna de las personas que celebran la condena de Chauvin lleva un megáfono en la mano.
un agente esposa a Chauvin.
Chauvin se acerca al juez para decirle algo.
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