Within the last hour, the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial rendered a verdict of guilty on all charges. Chauvin, who had been out on bail, has had his bail revoked and is presumably being taken into custody at this goes to post.
Judge Peter Cahill said sentencing will occur in eight weeks. Chauvin will be jailed while he awaits sentencing.
The charges on which Chauvin has been found guilty are second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The top charge carries as much as 40 years in prison.
Judge Cahill warned on Monday that the inflammatory rhetoric of Congresswoman Maxine Waters could lead to the trial being overturned on appeal. Given the objective nature of the evidence presented, which seemed to point most clearly to second-degree manslaughter, and the rapid jury decision to convict on all charges, an appeal is not only likely but may have a better-than-average chance of succeeding.
Minneapolis, like other big cities with histories of rioting and mayhem over the last year, is on alert for rioting to begin with the verdict (regardless of its nature).
This is a developing story.