The 30-year sentence sought by prosecutors after Xavin broke his silence in court to express his condolences to the Floyd family and says he hopes more information will eventually give them “reassurance”.
With good behavior, Chauvin, 45, could be fired after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years.
Imposing the sentence, Judge Peter Cahill passed the 12.5-year sentence set under state guidelines, citing “abuse of a position of trust and authority, as well as extreme cruelty” shown to Floyd.
Xavin was immediately taken back to prison. As with the April rulings, he showed little emotion when the judge handed down the sentence. His eyes moved quickly around the room, with the Covid-19 mask hiding much of his face.
The fired white officer was convicted of involuntary second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder to press his knee to Floyd’s neck for up to 9 1/2 minutes as the 46-year-old Black pushed that he could not Breathe and we went to 25 May 2020.
Bystander’s video of Floyd’s arrest on suspicion of passing a $ 20 counterfeit bill at a corner store sparked protests around the world and led to widespread violence in Minneapolis and beyond.
On Friday, Chavin, who had not testified at the trial, removed his mask and turned to the Floyd family, speaking only briefly because of what he called “some additional legal issues,” an obvious reference to the federal civil lawsuit. rights that still persons.
“But very soon, however, I want to express my condolences to the Floyd family. There will be some other information in the future that will be of interest. And I hope things will give you some peace of mind,” he said, without elaborating.
Asking Chauvin to stay on trial, defense attorney Eric Nelson called Floyd’s death “tragic” and said “Chauvin’s brain is full of what-ifs” from that day: “What if I just did not agree? to go that day “What if things had gone differently? What if I never answered this call? What if and what if?”
Floyd’s family members took a stand and expressed their grief over his death. They demanded the maximum sentence.
“We do not want to see any more blows to the wrist. “We’ve been through it,” said one tearful Terrence Floyd, one of Floyd’s brothers.
Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams said: “Our family is broken forever.” And Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna, said in a video played in court that if she could say anything to her father now, it would be, “I miss you and I love you.”
George Floyd Gianna’s 7-year-old daughter testifies via mobile phone video. (Reuters photo)
Prosecutor Matthew Frank asked the judge to go beyond the sentencing order and give Chavin 30 years in prison, saying “torture is the right word” for what the officer did to Floyd.
“This is not an instant shot, a punch in the face. This is 9 minutes of cruelty for a man who was helpless and just begging for his life,” Frank said.
Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, appeared in court to seek mercy for her son, saying his reputation had been unjustly reduced to that of an “aggressive, heartless and indifferent person” and a racist.
“I can tell you that is far from the truth,” he told the judge. “I want this court to know that none of this is true and that my son is a good man.” He added: “Derek, I want you to know that I have always believed in your innocence, and I will never back down from that.”
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chavwin’s mother, Caroline Paulient, appears during a victim’s statement as Hannipal County Judge Peter Cagill presides over the sentencing. (AP Photo)
“I will be here for you when you come home,” he said.
Concrete roadblocks, razor wire and National Guard patrols in court during Chauvin’s trial in the spring disappeared on Friday, reflecting declining tensions following the April ruling.
Prior to the sentencing, the judge agreed with prosecutors that there were aggravating circumstances that could justify a heavier sentence than the recommended 12.5 years between them, that Chavvin treated Floyd very harshly, abused his position as a police officer. and he did it in front of the children.
Prior to the sentencing, the judge rejected Chauvin’s request for a retrial. The defense had argued that the intense publicity tarnished the panel of judges and that the trial should be moved away from Minneapolis.
The judge also rejected a defense request for a hearing on a possible jury misconduct. Nelson accused a judge of not being honest about the jury’s selection because he did not mention his participation in a march last summer to honor Deputy Martin Luther King Jr. Prosecutors objected that the judge was open to his views.
Philip Stinson, a professor of criminal law at Bowling Green State University, said 11 non-federal law enforcement officers, including Chauvin, had been convicted of manslaughter since 2005. Sanctions for the nine convicted before Chauvin waved from six years, nine months, to life behind bars, with the median being 15 years.
With Chauvin convicted, the Floyd family and Black America saw something rare: In the small number of cases where officers accused of violence or other offenses against blacks have been tried, the list of acquittals and criminals is longer than the list of convictions. after conviction.
In recent years, acquittals have included officers on trial for the deaths of Fildo Castillo on the outskirts of Minneapolis and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two lovers were declared for the death of Samuel Dubois in Cincinnati.
“This is why people are watching this trial because it is a rare occurrence,” said Arizona-based civil rights lawyer Benjamin Taylor, who has represented victims of police violence. “Everyone knows this does not happen every day.”
Xavin was held from his sentence in the state’s highest security prison in Oak Park Heights, where he was held in a cell alone for his own protection, his meals brought to him.
The other three officials involved in Floyd’s arrest are scheduled for trial in March on state charges of aiding and abetting both murder and homicide. Floyd will also remain on trial for federal civil rights charges. No date has been set for this test.