Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, one of the top prosecutors of the case, has spoken out in a brand new interview about Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict last week and has admitted to feeling "a little bad" for the former police officer who killed George Floyd...
But his comments haven't gone down well at all with the internet.
Scroll on to watch the video and hear what he had to say...
Now, Derek Chauvin has been the talk of the entire world in the last month...
Because on March 29th, his highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse.
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment Chauvin dug his knee into Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins, my thoughts are with the Floyd family and every American impacted by racist police brutality collectively reliving this trauma today. May justice be served.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 30, 2021
Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
Alongside numerous eye-witnesses who testified against Chauvin, never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...
And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.
Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch...
And days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.
Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field, testified...
And he wholeheartedly supported the theory that Floyd was killed as a result of Chauvin's pressure on his neck.
"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."
The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...
And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.
However, despite his defense's best efforts...
Things didn't go in Chauvin's favor.
Because on April 20th, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Millions from all around the world tuned in to witness the live footage of Judge Peter Cahill reading out Chauvin's guilty verdict...
And the ex-cop was seen sitting motionless and calm as the verdicts were read out.
The entire world has been rejoicing since Chauvin's guilty verdict came through...
Derek Chauvin’s conviction is not justice - it’s accountability.— Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) April 21, 2021
George Floyd is still dead. Black lives continue to be lost at the hands of the state, in the US and in the UK.
Justice demands we dismantle the systemic racism which enabled Floyd's murder.
But many have been keen to remind others that this doesn't mean justice has been served - a lot still needs to be done about systemic racism and the way police officers here in the U.S treat people of color.
And now, the Minnesota Attorney General has spoken out about the verdict.
Keith Ellison, who was the lead prosecutor in the case, has spoken exclusively to CBS's 60 Minutes and explained that the first thing he felt when the guilty verdict was read out was "gratitude and humility that was followed by a certain sense of satisfaction."
"It's what we were aiming for the whole time."
He was also steadfast in his opinion that Floyd was in no way responsible for his own death, rebutting arguments about Floyd resisting officers' commands to get in the back of a squad vehicle.
"George was not armed, he never threatened a soul, he never struck out against anybody, he did everything the officers said, except he had claustrophobia and anxiety and couldn't bring himself to get in that car."
"How could Chauvin justify being on him three minutes after he had no pulse?" he asked hypothetically.
"How could he justify not rendering CPR? How could he justify not heeding George Floyd's twenty-seven requests to be able to breathe... How can he just ignore that? So, I'm hard-pressed to find how George Floyd bears responsibility for what happened here."
However, Ellison then admitted to something rather unexpected...
And his comments have certainly ruffled a few feathers online.
"I spent sixteen years as a criminal defense lawyer, so I will admit I felt a little bad for the defendant," Ellison said about Chauvin.
"I think he deserved to be convicted, but he's a human being."
You can watch Ellison's full interview here:
And for more on Chavin's guilty verdict, scroll on...