DEREK Chauvin was handcuffed and taken into custody on Tuesday after he was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

The former cop was cuffed immediately following the bombshell jury verdict, with Minnesota court authorities saying Chauvin's sentence would begin instantly.

Will Derek Chauvin appeal the guilty verdict?

Some experts believe Derek Chauvin's lawyers will likely appeal the guilty verdict.

His lawyers have 60 days from the verdict to notify the court if they want to appeal the decision.

According to Cornell University, only about 10 per cent of appeals result in a verdict being reversed.

His legal team could argue that the jury's decision was influenced by comments made by public officials and the judge's refusal to change the location of the trial.

Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St Thomas, told Politico: "Their basis of appeal would be that jurors were influenced not by the evidence, but by fear of what happened if they didn’t convict."

How long does Derek Chauvin face in prison?

Chauvin was found guilty on two counts of murder – second degree unintentional murder and third degree murder.

According to Minnesota guidelines, each murder charge carries 12.5 years for someone like Chauvin who does not have any prior criminal history.

However, Minnesota has asked for a stricter sentence due to several factors – including that the attack happened in front of kids and that George Floyd was treated with "particular cruelty".

Chauvin could face 40 years behind bars for the second degree murder conviction, while third degree murder could result in 25 years.

Second degree manslaughter has a maximum sentence of 10 years, but state guidelines say someone with no prior criminal history should receive four years.

Chauvin could face a total of 75 years in prison – but Minnesota law states that criminals are sentenced according to the top count.

This means that Chauvin would only serve the sentence for his most serious crime, in this case the second degree murder.

What did Derek Chauvin do?

Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest on Memorial Day 2020.

Floyd allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a store before he struggled with police officers who arrived to investigate. Chauvin arrived as backup.

Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck, prosecutors successfully argued, was the direct cause of his death.

They laid out evidence that he died from low levels of oxygen.

One of the most sensational pieces of testimony during the trial was delivered on the stand by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who openly condemned the actions of Chauvin during Floyd's arrest.

Arradondo said Chauvin – who was fired from the department after Floyd's death – failed to follow department use-of-force, de-escalation, and duty to render air policies.

"I absolutely agree that violates our policy," Chief Arrandondo said when asked about Chauvin's tactics by the prosecutor.

"That is not part of our policy; that is not what we teach," he added.

He later added that Chauvin's actions may have been acceptable during "the first few seconds" of his interaction with Floyd, but not after the man was subdued.

“Once Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” Arradondo said.

George Floyd's death sparked the Black Lives Matter protests which spread around the world.

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