MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) — Federal prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to sentence a former Minneapolis official to 25 years in prison for violating the rights of George Floyd, saying Derek Chauvin’s actions were cold-blooded and unnecessary. as he kneeled on the black man’s neck over and over again as Floyd. Said he couldn’t breathe.
Chauvin pled guilty to violating Floyd’s rights in December, admitting for the first time that he had put his knee on Floyd’s neck – even after he was unresponsive – which resulted in Floyd’s death. Chauvin, who is white, admitted that he denied Floyd his entitlement during his May 2020 arrest by an unreasonable seizure, including undue force, by a police officer.
Floyd’s killing triggered immediate protests in Minneapolis, which spread to the US and beyond over police brutality and discrimination involving people of color.
As part of his plea settlement, Chauvin also pleaded guilty to violating the rights of a then 14-year-old black boy, whom he had indicted in 2017 in an unrelated case.
US District Judge Paul Magnusson has accepted the plea deal, with both sides agreeing that Chauvin should face 20 to 25 years, with prosecutors seeking the higher end of the range.
In a court filing Wednesday, prosecutors reiterated their request for a 25-year sentence, saying it reflects the serious nature of the crime, provides appropriate punishment and prevents other officers from “imposing punishments” on others. Is. He also said that Chauvin’s history should be taken into account, noting that he “used his law enforcement career to engage in abusive conduct” more than once.
A federal sentencing date has not been set.
Chauvin was also convicted on state charges of manslaughter and manslaughter and is already serving a 22 1/2-year in-state sentence. He would serve a state sentence as well as a federal sentence.
Magnusson also presided over the trial of three other former officers who were indicted on federal civil rights charges related to the death of Floyd. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and Jay Alexander Kueng remain free while awaiting their sentencing dates, which have not been set.
Lane also pleaded guilty to one state count of aiding and abetting the murder, while Thao and Kueng face an October trial on state charges of aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Is.
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