During Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict reading yesterday, eagle-eyed viewers were quick to spot something written down on his hand as he was handcuffed.
Scroll on to find out what he wrote and how it may hint at his next move...
Warning: This article contains details that some readers may find upsetting.
Now, it's been a crucial month for America's justice system.
Derek Chauvin's highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment the accused, Derek Chauvin, dug his knee into George 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 testifying in court, never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was 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.
As reported by BBC News, the court was shown bodycam footage from Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, all of whom are facing aiding and abetting charges.
In the footage, Floyd can be seen sitting behind the wheel of his car, begging the officers not to shoot him.
At one point, one of the officers pulls his gun as Floyd continues to plead with them.
Floyd was visibly very distressed by the presence of the police officers, and can be heard saying:
"Please don't shoot me, please, man… I just lost my mom."
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.
Prosecutors say that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck contributed to his death...
While Chauvin's defense argued that Floyd's use of illicit drugs and his underlying medical conditions were the key factors.
Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field also 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 jury was also shown an image where Chauvin's toe was seen lifted off the ground while his knee was on Floyd's neck.
“The toe of his boot is no longer touching the ground, this means that all of his body weight is being directed down at Mr. Floyd’s neck,” testified Dr. Tobin. This visual presented during court says a lot. #DerekChauvin pic.twitter.com/D9xfAGim5V— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) April 8, 2021
This meant 91.5 pounds, half of Chauvin's weight, was directly compressing Floyd's neck at that point, Dr.Tobin said.
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 defence's best efforts...
Things didn't go in Chauvin's favor.
Because yesterday 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 motionlessly and calm as the verdicts were read out.
But eagle-eyed viewers were quick to spot something as Chauvin was taken away in handcuffs...
And that was something written on his hand.
People were curious, to say the least...
What’s written on Derek Chauvin‘s hand?￼ pic.twitter.com/naE4pnvJtz— Joan Martinez 💧 (@JoanMartine) April 20, 2021
I hope the sweaty hands erase it— Diane McLaughlin (@iwuvmarty) April 20, 2021
I wondered why he was holding his hands like that. He obviously wanted people to see it— Mrs. P 🏒🥅⛸🚨🍎🏆 (@SK8LUVR) April 20, 2021
What did Derek Chauvin have written on his hand when the sheriff escorted him out of the court room? #ChauvinTrialOnHLN— Crystal Montoya (@CRYSTALMONTOYA) April 20, 2021
Well, according to TMZ, the ink on Chauvin's hand was actually his lawyer's phone number.
Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, told TMZ his client wrote the number ahead of the conviction because he knew if the jury found him guilty of unintentional second-degree murder he'd almost certainly have his bail revoked and he'd be remanded to custody.
Chauvin clearly knew, given his former profession, he would have limited access to a phone but would be allowed to call his lawyer.
The convicted officer has also attended court sessions many times during his career so he knew a conviction would lead to swift incarceration with no opportunity to speak to his lawyer in court after the verdict.
You can watch the moment Chauvin's guilty verdict was announced below:
And let's hope that this conviction will trigger a change in the way police officers treat people of color here in the United States.