UPDATE @ 7.10 AM | Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd.
Chauvin was charged with both murder and manslaughter over the death of Mr Floyd, after kneeling on his neck for nine minutes during an arrest in May 2020.
The death sparked massive outrage across the United States and demonstrations around the world.
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A jury took less than 11 hours to reach a unanimous verdict.
Police departments are on standby around the country in case protests break out. There’s also very heavy security outside the courtroom in Minneapolis where the verdict was heard.
Hundreds of people waited outside to hear the verdict, cheering when the guilty verdicts were delivered.
In Washington DC, at least 250 National Guard troops were activated just in case crowds turned violent.
Many people in the crowds have been cheering and crying, relieved that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts.
Mr Chauvin has been remanded in custody and is set for sentencing in around eight weeks.
He could be facing up to 40 years in prison.
EARLIER @ 5.30 AM | After less than two days of deliberations, the jury in the George Floyd murder trial has already reached a verdict.
Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with both murder and manslaughter over the death of Mr Floyd.
He is accused of kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for nine minutes during an arrest in May last year.
The jury’s verdict will be read out in around an hour’s time.
The death of George Floyd sparked massive outrage across the United States last year, leading to many violent and chaotic riots across several cities. Black Lives Matter protests were also held right across the globe.
Police departments across the US are again bracing for unrest after the verdict is read.
Thousands of National Guard soldiers have been deployed throughout Minneapolis and a state of emergency has been declared in the region.
In Washington, D.C., 250 National Guard troops have been activated.
The Chicago Police Department has said that it was also deploying extra resources throughout the city. Los Angeles Police also added extra resources and had retrained thousands of officers in crowd-control tactics.
MORE TO COME.