Guilty on all three counts. Derek Chauvin’s knee secured Floyd on the ground for roughly nine minutes. The jury deliberated for about 10 hours before coming back with three guilty verdicts. Derek Chauvin now faces 40 plus years in prison.

Chauvin was remanded into custody following three guilty verdicts. (Wall Street Journal)

According to the jury ruling, Derek Chauvin caused the death of George Floyd while committing a felony offense. Further, he caused Floyd’s death by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to Floyd and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life. Lastly, he exhibited culpable negligence by creating an unreasonable risk while consciously taking chances of causing death or great bodily harm to Floyd.

Do I agree with the verdict? In a word, no. Am I going to riot and burn things down because I don’t agree with the verdict? Also no. Am I going to continue examining legal cases involving law enforcement and military members to ensure more than one narrative exists? Yep.

Protestors in St. Louis participate in a “die-in” after St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murder. (Photo by David Carson/ St. Louis Post Dispatch)


A few days ago, I published an article on SOFREP making the argument for the feasibility of Chauvin’s acquittal. I still stand by the points of that article.

After the verdict was announced, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison made the following statement:

“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration.”

I’m not sure that I would label today’s verdict as “justice” on either subject’s account. I’ve yet to see evidence that supports a 2nd Degree Murder conviction. Many incredibly successful lawyers had argued that it was legally impossible for Derek Chauvin to have even been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, let alone convicted of it.

To me, it actually seems that Derek Chauvin’s conviction on all three counts makes the outcome less believable than if he were convicted of just one of the three charges, namely 2nd Degree Manslaughter, a charge with a plausible path to conviction. Despite my lack of faith that Chauvin’s jury, who the judge refused to sequester until the final few days, was unbiased, I accept the court’s ruling.