New prison booking photo of disgraced cop and murderer Derek Chauvin released

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Source: Minnesota Police Department

Apr. 21 2021, Updated 11:03 a.m. ET

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Minnesota prison officials have released a new photo of disgraced cop Derek Chauvin, hours after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

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On April 20, Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter. He was immediately taken into custody after the verdict. 

He now awaits sentencing and faces decades in prison. 

The photo was released as Chauvin was booked after his arrest. 

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On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police responded to a grocery store after Floyd used a fake $20 bill. Witnesses inside the store said Floyd appeared to be under the influence. 

Officers found Floyd in a nearby vehicle and arrested him. They took him to a police SUV, where Floyd resisted and said he was claustrophobic and couldn't breathe. The officers took Floyd to the ground near the vehicle and held him there. 

While face down on the pavement in handcuffs, the officers restrained Floyd and Chauvin placed his knee across the back of Floyd's neck. The officer left it there for more than 9 minutes, even as Floyd went unconscious for several minutes. 

Other officers also helped hold Floyd to the ground while one stood nearby. 

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A crowd watched the arrest and pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd or to check on his health. But they refused. 

It wasn't until EMS arrived that police got off Floyd. Paramedics took Floyd to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

All of the officers involved in the arrest were criminally charged. Prosecutors claimed the officers used excessive force and did not provide aid to Floyd. Chauvin's attorney claimed the officer was doing as trained and it was a combination of Floyd's health problems and drug use that led to his death. 

Chauvin was the first to go to trial and was found guilty after three weeks of testimony. It took the jury about 10 hours of deliberations to return its verdict. 

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