Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who became world famous after he killed black George Floyd during his arrest, received another 20 years in prison. True, this term will not be added to the first, 22-year one.
Derek Chauvin received a new term on federal charges of violating the civil rights of the murdered. U.S. federal prosecutors asked for a 25-year sentence for violating Floyd’s rights by kneeling on the detainee’s neck while he was handcuffed and also denying him medical attention.
Chauvin made a deal with the prosecution and pleaded guilty to this lawsuit back in December. Therefore, the prosecutors asked not to add a new term to the previous one, and the judge appointed the defendant the term requested by the lawyer.
A year ago, Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison directly for the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd.
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Chauvin will serve these two terms in parallel, at the same time, and the main thing that will change for him is that he will be transferred from a local prison in Minnesota to a federal prison.
The death of George Floyd in May 2020, filmed by a witness on the phone, was the impetus for a wave of protests against white racism and police brutality under the slogan Black Lives Matter (“Black Lives Matter”). This wave swept through the United States and some other countries.
As part of a deal with prosecutors on a second charge, Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating the rights of another black fellow citizen, a 14-year-old teenager who was detained by a police officer in 2017.
According to the indictment, Shovin held him by the throat, hit him on the head with a flashlight, and then pressed his knee on the neck and upper back of the lying and handcuffed teenager for 17 minutes. At the same time, he did not resist, but only called his mother.
The whole scene, according to the prosecution, is on video, which, however, has not been made public.
Speaking in court, Chauvin, in particular, said that it was not easy for the judge to make a decision in such a “politically charged atmosphere”, but he tried to be fair.
Addressing the children of Floyd, Chauvin wished them all the best in life. He didn’t ask for forgiveness.