- US prosecutors want a 25-year prison sentence for Derek Chauvin.
- Chauvin was convicted of killing George Floyd, an act that sparked global outrage.
- The latest court action claims that Chauvin violated Floyd’s civil rights.
Federal prosecutors have sought a 25-year prison sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for violating George Floyd’s civil rights during his arrest and murder, online court records show.
In a motion filed Wednesday in Minnesota District Court, attorneys for the US Department of Justice said Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer and damaged public confidence in law enforcement and the system. of criminal justice.
“He acted with callous and wanton disregard for the life of Mr. Floyd,” they wrote. “Furthermore, the defendant admitted that he knew what he was doing was wrong.”
A trial sketch of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin, who is white, was seen in videos recorded by horrified onlookers kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed Floyd for more than nine minutes in a brutal arrest on a Minneapolis street corner on May 25, 2020. The killing ignited one of the movements of largest protest ever seen. in the U.S.
They recommended a 25-year prison sentence as part of a plea deal between prosecutors and Chauvin, who pleaded guilty to violating Floyd’s civil rights in December. Chauvin faced the risk of life in prison if he went to trial.
A mural of George Floyd, killed by former police officer Derek Chauvin.
District Judge Paul Magnuson has yet to set a sentencing hearing date.
A state judge sentenced Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prison in June 2021 after a jury found him guilty of the 2020 murder of Floyd.
In Wednesday’s motion, federal prosecutors asked that the federal sentence run concurrently with the state sentence.
As part of the settlement, Chauvin also admitted that he violated the civil rights of a boy he arrested in 2017 who was 14 years old at the time.
Two other former officers involved in the incident, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, will be tried in state court in January. Another former officer, Thomas Lane, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting manslaughter.
All three were convicted of depriving Floyd of his civil rights in federal court in February.