An infamous video that spread on social media showed Chauvin holding his knee on George Floyd's neck for almost 10 minutes while he pleaded "I can't breathe."
He was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter by the jury. Several prominent athletes took to social media and riots to join the movement.
The jury was composed of six white, four black, and two multiracial jurors. It took the jury 10.5 hours to deliberate a verdict. Chauvin now faces a 40-year maximum sentence for the second-degree unintentional murder conviction, a 25-year sentence for third-degree murder, and a 10-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin's bail was immediately revoked and he will be sentenced in eight weeks.
"One year ago, George Floyd was murdered, causing unimaginable pain and trauma for his family, the Minneapolis community, and communities across the nation," the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx said following the verdict.
"Our deepest thoughts have been with the Floyd family since this unjust tragedy. Throughout our history, racial and social inequalities have been ingrained in our society."
"We are hopeful that today's decision will serve as a step forward, but it does not ease the physical and emotional pain that continues in an environment where systemic racism exists."
This is a massive step in the right direction and serves as a precedent that no one is above the law.