Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd on Friday. Freud’s death became a national race and police service A watershed in the debate.
Despite the defense’s request for leniency, Judge Peter Cahill’s sentence of 270 months was 10 years longer than the time recommended by state guidelines.
“It’s not based on emotion or sympathy,” Cahill said at a hearing at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. “But at the same time, I want to admit that all families, especially the Freud family, are in deep and great pain.”
He told Xiao Wan that this sentence was “based on your abuse of power and cruelty to George Freud.”
Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April. Six weeks trialThe former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Freud’s neck for more than 9 minutes during his arrest, because Freud repeatedly yelled that he could not breathe.
Before the sentence was pronounced, Xiao Wan said that due to ongoing legal affairs, he could not make a complete statement-he may appeal-but expressed condolences to Freud’s family.
At the sentencing hearing, George Floyd’s brother Terrence Floyd cried as he told the court how his brother’s murder had affected him.
“I want to know from this man-why? When your knees are on my brother’s neck, what are you thinking about?” he said. “Why are you staying there?”
“We seek the highest penalty on behalf of me and my family,” he added. “We don’t want to slap our wrists anymore.”
Freud’s 7-year-old daughter, Jaina, said through the video that if she could talk to her father now, she would tell him “I miss you and I love you.”
After Freud’s death was filmed and posted on the Internet, it triggered protests against racial justice in the United States and around the world.Darnella Frazier, who was only 17 years old when the murder was filmed, later won a special award Pulitzer Prize Committee.
This murder has aroused disproportionate attention to the police killing of black Americans, and has sparked a broader conversation about racial inequality in American society as a whole.
The police officer is Rarely charge, Not to mention being convicted of murder for murder while on duty.But the jury Convicted Chauvin Second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He was only sentenced on the most serious crime.
Second-degree murder can be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison, but it is considered unlikely in this case because state guidelines recommend a sentence of 12 and a half years.
The prosecutor asked the judge to sentence 30 years in prison. Cahill has agreed that there are four aggravating circumstances that may require a longer sentence, and ruled that Xiao Wan abused his power and acted particularly cruelly.
“Part of the Minneapolis Police Department’s mission is to give citizens’voice and respect,'” Cahill wrote in the decision outlining his reasoning. “Here, Mr. Xiao Wan did not carry out the mission of MPD, but disrespected Mr. Freud and denied that he enjoys the dignity that all mankind deserves, and of course he will provide this dignity to friends or neighbors.
When Freud died, three other police officers were also present. The former police officers-Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao-will be tried in March for aiding and abetting the murder.
The defense asked Cahill to sentence Xiao Wan to probation because he had no previous criminal record, “faced unparalleled public contempt and scrutiny” respecting the judicial process, and because “despite his mistakes, Mr. Xiao Wan has proven that he has a purpose. He has the ability to be kind, and he has discipline, and he can consistently work towards worthy goals.”
Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, told her son that she still believed that he was innocent and asked the court for leniency.
“The public will never know that he is a caring and caring person, but his family knows,” she said. “Derek recalled what happened that day over and over in his mind. I have seen the damage it caused him. I believe that a long sentence is not good for Derek.”