Derek Chauvin Was Sentenced to 21 Years in Federal Prison for Violating the Civil Rights of George Floyd!

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights. Chauvin, who pleaded guilty in December, will also be required to pay restitution.

During the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson said that Chauvin “must be held responsible” for his actions, including destroying the lives of the other three officers involved in Floyd’s death.

“I don’t know why you did what you did,” the judge said. “To put your knee on a person’s neck until they expired is simply wrong. … Your conduct is wrong and it is offensive.”

The deal that Chauvin and Magnuson made in May said that Chauvin would get 20 to 25 years in prison. Magnuson took seven months off of Chauvin’s 21-year sentence for time already served.

Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in a state court last year and given a 22 1/2-year sentence for Floyd’s death in May 2020. Both the state sentence and the federal sentence will be served at the same time in federal prison.

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Chauvin, a White man, killed Floyd by pinning the unarmed Black man to the ground for 9 1/2 minutes with his knee, even though Floyd kept saying, “I can’t breathe.” Floyd’s death led to protests all over the world and a national look at racism and police brutality.

Derek Chauvin Gets 21 Years for Violating George

Before his sentencing Thursday, Chauvin wished Floyd’s children “all the best in their lives” and that they have “excellent guidance in becoming good adults,” CBS Minnesota reports. He did not offer an apology.

Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, asked the judge for a life sentence, adding that he has had nightmares since his brother’s death, according to CBS Minnesota.

Prosecutors wanted the former police officer to serve the full 25 years because he killed Floyd in a cold-blooded and pointless way. They also said that he had a history of misusing restraints. When Chauvin pleaded guilty, he admitted that he had violated the rights of a 14-year-old Black boy he had restrained in 2017 in a case that had nothing to do with this one.

The defense asked for 20 years instead, saying that Chauvin takes responsibility for what he did and has already been given 22 1/2 years in prison for Floyd’s murder by a state court. Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s lawyer, wrote that Chauvin’s “remorse will be clear to this Court.”

Chauvin admitted for the first time when he pleaded guilty to violating Floyd’s civil rights that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck even after he stopped moving. This caused Floyd’s death. The former officer admitted that he had taken away Floyd’s right not to be held against his will, even if it meant using too much force.

Chauvin is appealing his murder conviction. He says that jurors were scared off by the protests that happened after the trial and were biassed because of all the publicity before the trial.

Three other former Minneapolis police officers — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Keung, and Thomas Lane — were convicted in February on federal civil rights charges in Floyd’s killing. Magnuson has not set sentencing dates for them.

Lane is also set to be sentenced on Sept. 21. In state court, he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, which means he helped the person do it. Thao and Kueng turned down plea deals and will be tried on charges of aiding and abetting on October 24 in state court.

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