For violating George Floyd’s civil rights, a former Minnesota cop named Derek Chauvin was sentenced to more than two decades in prison, Radar has found.
In May 2020, Chauvin detained Floyd by kneeling on his neck for approximately 10 minutes.
For the time Chauvin has already served, District Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced him to 21 years in jail on Thursday during his federal hearing, as reported by NBC News.
Magnuson remarked, “I don’t understand why you did what you did.” “When a person dies, it is wrong to put your knee on their neck until they are dead. Your behavior is both improper and offensive.”
It was only after Derek Chauvin agreed to a plea deal that this happened.
Following Floyd’s death, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. For the state counts, he was sentenced to 22.5 years.
While serving a 22.5-year prison sentence on state charges of murder and manslaughter, the ex-police officer will serve his federal sentence concurrently.
At Floyd’s federal sentencing hearing today, Chauvin reportedly spoke briefly to Floyd’s children, wishing them a happy, healthy life and “great direction in becoming good adults.”
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“By assuming leadership of the scene,” Judge Magnuson stated Chauvin “totally wrecked the lives” of Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane.
On federal civil rights charges in February, they were found guilty and will be sentenced later.
In addition, Chauvin will be moved from a state jail to a federal facility.
Floyd’s terrible death triggered rallies across the country against police brutality and racism.
Relatives of the victim were not only heartbroken but also resolute in their quest for justice.
Courtney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend, wrote a statement for the court.
That which was taken from her was a mystery to her, she wrote in a journal entry. “… Floyd was the one I adored. I miss his joking around with me.”
Floyd’s younger brother Philonise Floyd petitioned the court to punish Chauvin severely.
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