‘He acted in callous and wanton disregard to Mr. Floyd´s life,’ – federal prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to sentence disgraced Minneapolis cop to 25 years for violating the rights of George Floyd
Derek Chauvin already sentenced to 22 years and six months for killing Floyd on state charges is facing a motion where feds said he was ‘cold-blooded’ in kneeling on the black man’s neck
Two Minnesotans filed federal civil rights lawsuits against the city of Minneapolis and former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin
It’s alleged they were traumatized when he used his ‘signature move’ on them of kneeling on a subject’s neck – the same way that he killed George Floyd
Chauvin was seen in videos recorded by horrified onlookers kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes in May 2020
The murder sparked global outrage and ignited one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the U.S.
A 25-year prison sentence has been recommended as part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and Chauvin
Federal prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to sentence a former Minneapolis officer to 25 years for violating the rights of George Floyd, saying Derek Chauvin’s actions were cold-blooded and needless as he knelt on the black man’s neck while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.
In a motion filed in the District Court of Minnesota, U.S. Department of Justice attorneys said Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer and damaged public trust in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
‘He acted in callous and wanton disregard to Mr. Floyd´s life,’ they wrote. ‘Further, the defendant admitted that he knew what he was doing was wrong.’
Chauvin pled guilty in December to violating Floyd´s rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd´s neck, even after he became unresponsive, resulting in the death of the 54-year-old victim.
Then Minnesota police sergeant Chauvin, who is white, admitted he willfully deprived Floyd of his right to be free from unreasonable seizure, including unreasonable force by a police officer, during the May 2020 arrest.
The former officer was seen in videos recorded by horrified onlookers kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes in a brutal arrest on a Minneapolis street corner on May 25, 2020.
Floyd’s killing sparked immediate protests in Minneapolis that spread around the U.S. and beyond in a reckoning over police brutality and discrimination involving people of color.
It was one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the United States.
As part of his plea agreement, Chauvin also pled guilty to violating the rights of a then-14-year-old black boy who he restrained in an unrelated case in 2017.
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson has accepted the plea deal, in which both sides agreed Chauvin should face 20 to 25 years, with prosecutors seeking the high end of the range. The judge has yet to set a date for the sentencing hearing.
In a court filing Wednesday, prosecutors reiterated their request for a 25-year sentence, saying it would reflect the serious nature of the offense, provide just punishment and deter other officers from ‘imposing punishment’ on others.
On June 25, 2021, former Minnesota police sergeant Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for murdering George Floyd, in what was surrealistically like a videotaped scene in a snuff movie
They also said Chauvin’s history should be taken into account, noting he ‘used his law enforcement career to engage in abusive conduct’ more than once.
As part of the agreement, Chauvin also admitted he breached the civil rights of a boy he arrested in 2017 who was 14 at the time.
A federal sentencing date has not been set. Chauvin faced the risk of life in prison if he went to trial. Chauvin was also convicted on state charges of murder and manslaughter and is already serving a 22½-year state sentence after a jury convicted him of Floyd’s murder in 2021.
He would serve the federal sentence concurrently with the state sentence.
Judge Magnuson also presided over the trial of three other ex-officers – Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng – who were convicted of related federal civil rights charges in Floyd’s death.
Two of the other former officers involved in the incident, Thao and Kueng, will stand trial in state court in January.
The pair remain free while they await their sentencing dates, which have not been scheduled.
The fourth member of the arresting team, former officer Thomas Lane has pled guilty to aiding and abetting manslaughter.
Lane has also pled guilty to a state count of aiding and abetting manslaughter, while Thao and Kueng face an October trial on state charges of aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
All three were convicted of depriving Floyd of his civil rights in federal court in February.