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Former US officer sentenced to over 20 years in prison for George Floyd’s death

Chauvin is already serving a 22-and-a-half-year sentence after being convicted of state murder charges for Floyd’s death, which sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the United States.

FILE: This clip from Court TV video shows former police officer Derek Chauvin facing the camera as he hears his verdict at the Hennepin County Government Center on June 25, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: AFP

SAINT PAUL, USA – Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd, was sentenced on Thursday to more than 20 years in prison on federal charges.

Chauvin, who is white, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to violating Floyd’s civil rights, a 46-year-old black man, during his arrest in May 2020 for allegedly using a counterfeit $ 20 note to buy a pack of cigarettes.

Chauvin is already serving a 22-and-a-half-year sentence after being convicted of state murder charges for Floyd’s death, which sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the United States.

The state and federal convictions are to run concurrently, but the 46-year-old Chauvin is being allowed to serve his time in a federal jail instead of in a jail in the state of Minnesota, where he has been held in solitary confinement.

Federal prosecutors had wanted a 25-year sentence. “He knew what he was doing was wrong, and he did it anyway,” Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn Bell told the court.

“I really do not know why you did as you did,” said U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson as he handed down the 252-month sentence with seven months off for the time already served.

“But putting his knee on another person’s neck until they’re dead is wrong,” Magnuson said. “You must be punished substantially.”

Chauvin, a 19-year-old veteran of the Minneapolis police force, was caught in a video that went viral on his knees on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes until he fainted and died.

Chauvin spoke shortly before sentencing, but did not apologize for his actions.

He addressed Floyd’s children and said, “I just want to say that I wish them all the best in their lives and have excellent guidance in becoming great adults.”

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One of George Floyd’s brothers, Philonise Floyd, made a “victim impact” statement, asking for a life sentence for Chauvin.

He said he suffered nightmares due to his brother’s death.

Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, asked for kindness.

“I think it’s God’s will that we all forgive,” she said in court. “Everyone in Minnesota needs to heal and know that all life matters, regardless of your skin color.”

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison welcomed the verdict, calling it “another step in accountability on the road to justice.”

Ellison said it “sent a message to Minnesota residents, all Americans and law enforcement around the country that crime like this will not be tolerated.”

Chauvin has appealed his verdict of murder in the state of Minnesota, but his verdict on the federal charges will ensure he will spend two decades in jail regardless of the outcome of his appeal.

Chauvin and three other police officers who were on the scene during Floyd’s fatal arrest – Tou Thao, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – were charged with violating his constitutional rights and failing to respond to his medical needs.

Keung and Lane helped hold Floyd in handcuffs while Thao kept passers-by away, who begged officers to get out of Floyd as he lay handcuffed on the ground, complaining that he was unable to breathe.

Lane, who is white, pleaded guilty to state charges of manslaughter and, along with Thao, who is a Hmong American, and Kueng, who is Black, were convicted of federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights.

Thao and Kueng are due to appear in court in late October on state charges of manslaughter.

Chauvin also pleaded guilty to violating the constitutional rights of a 14-year-old boy in a separate case.

In that incident in 2017, Chauvin handcuffed the boy face down on the ground and hit him in the head several times with a flashlight.



Former US officer sentenced to over 20 years in prison for George Floyd’s death

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