Ex-Officer Sentenced To 21 Years For Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

A US federal judge sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in prison on Thursday for violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

District Judge Paul Magnuson sharply criticized Chauvin for his actions on May 25, 2020, when he held Floyd on the sidewalk outside a corner store in Minneapolis for more than nine minutes as he lay dying.

“I really don’t know why you did what you did,” Magnuson said. “Putting your knee on someone’s neck until they expire is just wrong. Your behavior is wrong and it’s offensive.”

Chauvin pleaded guilty to federal charges in December.

Magnuson, who earlier this year presided over the federal trial and the convictions of three other officers, only blamed Chauvin for what happened. Chauvin was by far the most senior officer and declined questions from one of the officers as to whether to put Floyd on his side.

Chauvin will be seen in a Minneapolis court in June 2021. He will serve 21 years in prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights, and 22 and a half years for murder and manslaughter. (Court TV/The Associated Press)

“You absolutely destroyed the lives of three young officers by taking command of the place,” he said.

Still, Magnuson’s sentence was on the lower end of the 20 to 25 years requested in a plea deal in which he will serve the federal sentence at the same time as he serves his 22-and-a-half years in prison on state expense. of murder and manslaughter.

Due to differences in parole eligibility in the state and federal systems, this means Chauvin will spend a little more time behind bars than he would have on the state sentence alone. He will also spend his time in the federal system, where he may be safer and may be held under fewer restrictions than the state system.

Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson had asked for 20 years, arguing that Chauvin was remorseful and would make that clear to the court. But Chauvin, in brief remarks, made no direct apology or condolences to Floyd’s family.

Instead, he told the family he wishes Floyd’s children “the very best in their lives” and that they receive “excellent guidance to become good adults.”

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