Friday, October 15, 2021

5 Takeaways From Derek Chauvin’s Sentencing for the Murder of George Floyd.

After an extraordinary sequence of emotional testimony in a Minneapolis courtroom on Friday, a judge sentenced Derek Chauvin, a former police officer, to 22-and-a-half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, while kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. He killed her. As he pleaded for air.

The sentencing comes more than two months after Mr Chauvin’s trial ended with guilty verdicts on all three counts, including the most serious charge of second-degree murder, as well as third-degree murder and manslaughter. But the courtroom drama continued on Friday with strong testimony from both the sides.

Here’s what happened:

  • Prosecutors played a video of Mr Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd, in which she said she missed her father and wanted to play with him. “We used to have dinner every night before going to sleep,” Gianna said in the video. “My dad always helped me brush my teeth.” She said that she knew that when her father was gone, her spirit was still with her.

  • Mr Chauvin’s mother, Caroline Pavlenti, spoke publicly for the first time, urging the judge to be generous. She said her son was a good man who was falsely portrayed as a racist, and that his family knew him “loving and caring”. At one point, Ms Pavlenti turned to speak directly to her son, saying that her happiest moment was when she gave birth to him, and another was when she put her police badge on his uniform.

  • In the courtroom facing Mr Floyd’s relatives, Mr Chauvin said, “I want to offer my condolences to the Floyd family,” but added that he could not say more as he was still a federal figure in Mr Floyd’s death. were facing charges. Mr Chauvin also added somewhat cryptically: “There is going to be some other information in the future that will be of interest, and I hope things give you peace of mind.” As brief as his remarks were, they were his most comprehensive since Mr. Floyd’s death in May 2020; He had chosen not to testify at his trial.

  • Following the sentencing, relatives of Mr Floyd, who had previously urged a maximum sentence of 40 years, said it should have been longer, but were grateful that Mr Chauvin was facing a measure of accountability. “Truth be told, I don’t think any sentence will suffice,” said Shariduh Tate, a cousin of Mr Floyd, who joined the trial in April. She and other family members, as well as family lawyer Ben Crump, said they hoped the federal charges would increase Mr Chauvin’s time in prison.

  • Judge Peter A. Cahill released a 22-page memo in which he said two serious factors – that Mr Chauvin had acted with particular cruelty and that he had abused his position of authority – had given him a longer than presumptive sentence. prompted to issue the sentence. For second degree unintentional murder. Mr. Chauvin “remained fairly indifferent,” wrote Judge Cahill, while “Mr. Floyd was begging for his life and was clearly horrified at the knowledge that he was likely to die.” Prosecutors told Judge Cahill. was asked to serve a 30-year prison sentence, while Mr Chauvin’s lawyer did not seek probation and a prison sentence.

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