Yesterday, in the United States of America, a jury passed a sentence on one of the most anticipated court cases in America.
The juries, after deliberation, returned a guilty verdict for the accused person who has been brought to court to face justice.
That accused person was Derek Chauvin, a white police officer.
On the other side of the case and unable to testify to make his own case was a man all of us came to know after his death – George Floyd.
Derek was the police officer who for more than 7 minutes, knelt on George Floyd’s neck even after he kept saying “I can’t breathe.”
The video of his horrific passing in broad daylight sparked outrage and a global campaign for Black Lives Matter.
Protests were held in cities across the world – from America to Europe.
Here in Ghana, the government sponsored a funeral for George Floyd…
..and during the Houston funeral for George Floyd last year, there was a reference to the message of condolence sent to Floyd’s family by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Ghana also honoured George by having his name permanently mounted on the wall of the Diasporan African Forum at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre in Accra.
All these made George Floyd an unofficial naturalized Ghanaian citizen and since then Ghanaians have taken a keen interest in the case prosecuting the police officer blamed for killing him.
Yesterday, the verdict was read and Derek had been found guilty of all the three charges that were brought against him.
He was guilty of second-degree and third-degree murder and guilty of second-degree manslaughter.
For the second-degree murder charge alone, he could go to prison for 40 years.
Though he has been found guilty, he will be sentenced in 8 weeks, however, ahead of the sentencing, the judge has revoked his bail and his currently in prison.
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