MINNEAPOLIS – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to sentence a former Minneapolis official to 25 years in prison Violation of George Floyd’s rightsand said Derek Chauvin’s actions were cold-blooded and unnecessary as he knelt on the black man’s neck while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.
Chauvin pleaded guilty in December to violating Floyd’s rights by admitting for the first time that he put his knee on Floyd’s neck – even after he became unresponsive – which resulted in Floyd’s death. Chauvin, who is white, admitted he willfully deprived Floyd of his right to be free from improper seizure, including undue force by a police officer, during the May 2020 arrest.
Floyd’s killing immediately sparked protests in Minneapolis spread across the US and beyond in a reckoning of police brutality and discrimination against people of color.
As part of his plea deal, Chauvin also pleaded guilty to violating the rights of a then 14-year-old black boy he was restraining in an unrelated case in 2017.
US District Judge Paul Magnuson has accepted the plea deal in which both sides agreed that Chauvin should face 20 to 25 years, with prosecutors targeting the upper end of the range.
In a court filing filed on Wednesday, prosecutors reiterated their request for a 25-year sentence, saying it would reflect the seriousness of the crime, provide just punishment and discourage other officers from “punishing” others. They also said Chauvin’s story should be considered, noting that on more than one occasion he “has used his career as a law enforcement officer to engage in abusive behavior.”
A state sentencing date has not been set.
Chauvin was also convicted of murder and manslaughter and is now Serving a 22 1/2 year state sentence. He would serve the federal sentence at the same time as the state sentence.
Magnuson also presided over the trial of three other ex-officers who were found guilty related federal civil rights allegations in Floyd’s death. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng remain at large while awaiting their sentencing dates, which were not scheduled.
Lane has also pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetted manslaughter, while Thao and Kueng face trials for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in October.
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