My prediction, which I would not take to the bank, is that Chauvin will be found guilty of 2nd degree manslaughter and be sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $10k fine. He will serve less than half of that time.
I think at least one of the other officers will be found guilty of something, as scapegoats if nothing else.
609.205 MANSLAUGHTER IN THE SECOND DEGREE.
A person who causes the death of another by any of the following means is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both:
(1) by the person’s culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another)[.]
I have no idea how the Almighty will judge Mr. Chauvin. I’d like to hear his testimony, but it’s as likely as not that he will decline to testify. The jury will want to hear his side of the story if he is to have any chance at a complete acquittal.
When you see “unreasonable” in a statute like that, it means that the legislature contemplates juries deciding what one should have done or should not have done, as opposed to what one intended to do or the result one intended to reach.
I also predict riots, but not on the scale of what we saw last year.