Former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 270 months, or 22 and a half years, in prison Friday after being discovered responsible in April of second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter within the death of George Floyd.
Family members of Floyd spoke to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the trial, prior to Chauvin’s sentencing, requesting the utmost sentence for the ex-cop.
Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna, mentioned in a video performed for the courtroom that if she may say one factor to her dad now, it will be: “I miss you and and I love you.”
“We don’t want to see no more slaps on the wrist. We’ve been through that already in my community and my culture,” George’s brother Terrence Floyd mentioned.
Chauvin’s mom, Carolyn Pawlenty, additionally addressed the courtroom.
“It has been difficult for me to hear and read what the media, public and prosecution team believe Derek to be an aggressive, heartless and uncaring person. I can tell you that is far from the truth,” she mentioned. “My son’s identity has also been reduced to that as a racist. I want this court to know that none of these things are true. And that my son is a good man.”
“The public will never know what a loving and caring man he is, but his family does,” she added. “When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me.”
When given the prospect to converse, Chauvin supplied the Floyd household his condolences, and mentioned extra info can be popping out that may hopefully give them “some peace of mind.”
Chauvin was denied his request for a brand new trial simply forward of his sentencing Friday morning. The district courtroom decided that Chauvin had “failed to demonstrate that the Court abused its discretion or committed error” that led to the defendant being disadvantaged of his constitutional proper to a good trial.
The courtroom additionally discovered that Chauvin “failed to establish a…case of juror misconduct or that a juror gave false testimony,” nor did the state have interaction in “prosecutorial misconduct.”
While the jury labored to decide a verdict, President Joe Biden opined on the trial, saying, “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. The evidence is overwhelming in my view.”
Last 12 months, viral video confirmed then-officer Chauvin utilizing his knee to pin Floyd to the bottom for greater than eight minutes throughout his arrest till he turned immobile. Floyd’s death sparked protests throughout the nation, with many demonstrating in opposition to police brutality.