MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious re-examination of racism and policing in the U.S.

Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades.

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Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listening to a witness during Chauvin's trial on April 5.

Webber reported from Fenton, Michigan. Associated Press video journalist Angie Wang in Atlanta and Associated Press writers Doug Glass, in Minneapolis, Mohamed Ibrahim in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Todd Richmond in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed.

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