Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three charges in his trial over the killing of George Floyd. Footage from outside the Minneapolis courthouse where the trial took place shows the street filled with people gathered to celebrate the verdict. Drivers reportedly abandoned their cars to join in the celebrations as a Sky News reporter on the ground said the city had “erupted” following the decision.
Commenting on the scenes from outside the courthouse, the Sky News reporter said: “People have stopped their cars to get out.
“You might be able to hear the horns.”
Pointing down the street, she added: “Down here there is a crowd of people who gathered outside the courthouse.
“You can just hear the noise. The whole city has erupted in what feels like a community that is celebrating all together. “
The Sky reporter continued: “By such a stark contrast look at the security that is surrounding the courthouse.
“These big metal fences that have been here for weeks now with the National Guard, these military vehicles.
“So far certainly there has been absolutely no need for that.
“As people have come out onto the streets downtown here in Minneapolis to celebrate this historic verdict.”
The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder, which translates to manslaughter in the UK, is a prison sentence of not more than 40 years.
The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment of a maximum of 25 years.
For second-degree manslaughter, the maximum penalty is either 10 years behind bars and/or a $20,000 (£14k) fine.
Crowds outside the Minneapolis courthouse and at the location where Mr Floyd died chanted “justice” and “Black Lives Matter” after the verdict was announced.