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‘Extremely rare’ for officers to get found guilty of murder in America

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is an “extremely rare” verdict to be handed down to a police officer, according to US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman.

“The verdict is a remarkable verdict, those sorts of verdicts finding a police officer guilty, in this case of second degree murder, extremely rare in the American context,” he told Sky News.

Mr Jackman said if the jury had not handed down a ‘guilty’ verdict, people “could have expected a lot of violence in lot of American cities.”

He said he was unsure, however, it marked a “turning point” in the American justice system.

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