Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd in a jury decision that US president Joe Biden said had the potential to be “a moment of significant change”.

Floyd’s death last year set off worldwide protests against racial injustice and Chauvin’s trial became one of the most closely watched US court cases in years.

Chauvin, 45, was found guilty on all three charges — second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The second-degree murder count, the most serious charge, carries a high prison sentence which could see Chauvin behind bars for atleast 40years.

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