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 a lot of American cities.
He said he was unsure. However, it marked a “turning point” in the American justice system.