Steve Karnovsky | The Associated Press
scheduled tribe. Paul, Min. – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in prison for violating the civil rights of George Floyd, telling the former Minneapolis police officer that what he did was “simply wrong” and “offensive.”
US District Judge Paul Magnusson sharply criticized Chauvin for his actions on May 25, 2020, when he pinned Floyd on the sidewalk outside a Minneapolis corner store for more than 9 minutes as he lay dying.
“I really don’t know why you did what you did,” Magnussen said. “Keeping your knee on a person’s neck until it is finished is simply wrong. …Your conduct is wrong and it is objectionable.”
Magnussen, who presided over the federal trial and sentencing of three other officers earlier this year, blamed Chauvin alone for what happened. Chauvin was by far the senior officer at the scene, and he dismissed questions from one of the officers about whether Floyd should be turned over to his side.
“You completely destroyed the lives of three young officers by taking command of the scene,” he said.
Still, Magnusson’s sentence was on the low end of the 20 to 25 years that was called for in a plea agreement that he would serve a federal sentence at the same time as he would serve his 22 1/2-year sentence on state charges of murder and manslaughter. .
Because of differences in parole eligibility in the state and federal systems, this means that Chauvin will serve slightly longer time behind bars than a state sentence alone. He will also do his time in the federal system, where it may be safer and organized under fewer restrictions than in the state system.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, held for 20 years, arguing that Chauvin was remorseful and would make it clear to the court. But Chauvin offered no direct apology or remorse to Floyd’s family in brief remarks.
Instead, he told the family that he wished Floyd’s children “the best of luck in their lives” and that they have “excellent guidance in becoming good adults”.