The 46-year-old former agent had already been sentenced for murder to 22 and a half years in prison by the justice of the State of Minnesota, but he appealed the sentence.
The federal penalty for
violation of civil rights of the black forties is, for its part, final since it results from a plea agreement.
It can be served at the same time as the other sentence, said Judge Paul Magnuson of the Saint-Paul court, giving him credit for the seven months already spent in detention.
” I don’t know why you did this, but putting your knee on someone’s neck until they die is wrong. And for that, you must be severely punished. »
During a short intervention, Derek Chauvin wished the children of George Floyd to
be successful in lifewithout apologizing or expressing the slightest remorse.
His mother Carolyn Pawlenty assured that he was not a heartless racist, before adding
everyone’s life matters, regardless of the color of their skinhijacking the Black Lives Matter slogan.
Called to the bar, the brother of the deceased, Philonise Floyd, claimed
the maximum penalty against Derek Chauvin, saying he has not slept since the tragedy.
On May 25, 2020, this seasoned Minneapolis police officer had remained kneeling on the African-American’s neck for almost ten minutes, indifferent to the interventions of panicked passers-by and the groans of George Floyd.
The scene, filmed and posted online, sparked huge protests against racism and police brutality across the United States and beyond.
During a well-attended trial in Minnesota state justice in the spring of 2021, his lawyer pleaded that George Floyd died of an overdose, combined with health problems, and assured that Derek Chauvin had done justified use of force.
He had not convinced the jurors and the former police officer had been found guilty of murder and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison. He appealed against this verdict.
At the same time, federal justice had opened its own proceedings by indicting him, as well as his three former colleagues, for
violation of constitutional rights of George Floyd, more specifically
the right not to be the victim of unreasonable use of force by a police officer.
double Prosecutions are allowed in the United States, although they are relatively rare, and reflect the importance of this file which has reopened a fiery debate on the racist past of the United States.
In the federal case, he first pleaded not guilty, before changing strategy in December 2021, admitting some responsibility for the first time.
In his admission of guilt, he admitted to having abused force,
knowing it was wrong and
without legal justification.
He had also acknowledged wrongdoing in the violence inflicted on a 14-year-old black teenager in 2017, whom he had kept on the ground under his knee for a quarter of an hour.
I hope he will use the time in front of him to think about what he could have done differently.commented the young man, John Pope, during the hearing on Thursday.
In exchange for his admission of wrongdoing, it was agreed that Derek Chauvin would serve his sentence in a federal prison rather than the state’s high-security prison, where he is currently being held in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners.
The other three agents, who remained passive during the ordeal of George Floyd, were found guilty in February in federal justice, but their sentence has not yet been pronounced.
State justice also charged them with complicity in murder. One of them, Thomas Lane, has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on September 21. The trial of the other two defendants, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng, is due to start on October 24.