There is no apology for the George Floyd family
- The jury convicted Derek Chauvin in April of two murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges for George Floyd’s death.
- Chauvin is also facing federal prosecution for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, which could add prison time.
- Three former Minneapolis police officers accused of supporting Floyd’s death and betting will be brought to justice in March.
Minneapolis-Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin condolences to George Floyd’s family on Friday, but did not apologize for his actions that caused Floyd’s death last year. He said he couldn’t speak any further due to other proceedings in progress.
Chauvin’s mother, Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter, Janna, nephew, and brother also spoke.
In April, the jury convicted Chauvin of two murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges. He could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.
Meanwhile, a small crowd gathered outside the Cup Foods store where Floyd was killed to hear. Some in the crowd were chanting and praying.
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Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pollenti, testified on behalf of her son. It was the first time a friend or family member spoke to the court on his behalf. She called him “a quiet, respectable, selfless man” and her “favorite son.”
Paulenty said the happiest moment in her life was when she gave birth to her son. The second was when she fixed the police badge to him, she said.
“The public will never know that he is a loving and compassionate person, but his family knows,” she told the court.
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Floyd’s daughter, Janna, testified remotely via a mobile phone camera video. Wearing a checkered shirt and a purple headband, she told the court, “Ask how my dad was injured,” and asked him to help him play and brush his teeth every night. Told.
Janna told the court that she knew that her father was still around her through his spirit. If she could say anything to him, she would say to him, “I miss him and I love him.”
Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams and his brothers Terence and Philonise Floyd also spoke and asked Chauvin to make the biggest decision.
“My family and I have been sentenced to life imprisonment. George can never be regained,” said Philonise Floyd.
Terrence Floyd asked Chauvin, who was sitting just a few feet away from him, “Why? What were you thinking? What was going through your head when you kneeled on your brother’s neck? I said to ask.
He sometimes stopped emotionally and looked down.
“I don’t want to see him hit my wrist anymore,” he told the judge. “We have already experienced it …. If we were the opposite, the incident wouldn’t happen and it would be opened and closed. We were put in jail for killing someone. We ask Derek Chauvin for the same penalties. “
Prosecutor Matthew Frank called on the judge to make the biggest decision and asked for 360 months. “This is not a typical second murder,” Frank said. “This is terrible.”
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On Friday morning, Jude Peter Carhill of Hennepin County denied the defense counsel’s request for a new trial. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, filed a motion alleging that Chauvin had been deprived of his constitutional right to a fair trial, but Cayhill said Nelson could not prove any of the claims. ..
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Floyd died on Memorial Day 2020 after 45-year-old Chauvin knelt at him outside the Cup Foods store in Minneapolis and several police officers responded to a call for counterfeit bills. Bystanders videotaped the case, and the murder caused national protests against police atrocities and organized racism.
Chauvin was convicted of three indictments, but he is sentenced only to the most serious offenses, as all indictments stem from one act against one person. For the first offender to commit a second murder, the Judgment Guidelines recommend imprisonment for 150 months or 12 and a half years.
Prosecutors impose more severe imprisonment on Chauvin for exacerbating Floyd’s death, including Chauvin’s abuse of his authority as a police officer and crimes committed in front of children I asked. Judge Peter Carhill of Minnesota last month determined that there were four exacerbating factors. This means that Chauvin can face up to 30 years in prison. However, Kay Hill was still able to sentence him to less.
Attorney Eric Nelson opposed a harsher ruling when Chauvin arrested Floyd, saying the state couldn’t prove that there was a particularly aggravating factor. Nelson impeached the verdict at a new trial and hearing for what he called the jury’s illegal activity.
Regardless of the sentence, a well-behaved defendant could serve two-thirds of the prison punishment and the rest could be sentenced to a supervised release called parole. Chauvin is also credited with his time in service since he was put in jail in April.
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Thomas Lane, J., three former Minneapolis police officers accused of assisting and aiding Floyd’s death. Quen and Tousao will be tried in March.
Meanwhile, a federal grand jury has charged Chauvin, Lane, Khun, and Sao with violating Floyd’s civil rights. This can take a long time for the decisions that former police officers may face. These accusations accuse government officials of violating federal law prohibiting abuse of their authority.
According to the Department of Justice, infringement of someone’s civil rights is punished “by lifelong imprisonment or the death penalty,” depending on the circumstances and injuries resulting from the crime.
Chauvin also faces another federal prosecution in 2017 resulting from a conflict with a 14-year-old child.
Hauck reported from Morristown, NJ.