Convicted of the homicide of African American man George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, a former US police officer was sentenced to a different 21 years in jail on Thursday for breaching Floyd’s civil rights, reported information company ANI.
The ex-Minneapolis police officer was already serving a 22-and-a-half-year sentence on state expenses of homicide and manslaughter of Floyd in Might 2020 that brought about big protests within the nation and elsewhere towards police brutality and racism.
“The Justice Division introduced in the present day that former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, 46, was sentenced to serve 252 months in jail with credit score for time served for depriving George Floyd Jr. and a then-14-year-old youngster of their constitutional rights,” the US Justice Division mentioned in an announcement on Thursday, reported ANI.
On Dec 15, 2021, Chauvin pleaded responsible in federal court docket to violating a federal legal civil rights statute on two separate events.
Chauvin pleaded responsible to willfully depriving Floyd of his constitutional proper to be free from the usage of unreasonable pressure by a police officer, leading to Floyd’s bodily damage and demise. Chauvin additionally pleaded responsible to willfully depriving a then-14-year-old youngster of his constitutional proper to be free from the usage of unreasonable pressure by a police officer, ensuing within the kid’s bodily damage.
“In no unsure phrases, George Floyd ought to be alive in the present day,” mentioned Assistant Legal professional Basic Kristen Clarke for the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division in its December 2021 judgement, reported ANI.
“Defendant Chauvin’s use of extreme pressure and his failure to supply medical care resulted in Floyd’s mindless homicide. Chauvin’s illegal actions in a separate incident additionally resulted in damage to a 14-year-old youngster. This sentence ought to ship a powerful message that the Justice Division stands able to prosecute legislation enforcement officers who use lethal pressure with out foundation. Whereas no quantity of jail time can reverse the tragic penalties of Derek Chauvin’s violent actions, we hope that this sentence gives some small measure of justice for the households and communities impacted,” Clarke added.
After greater than a month-long trial, the federal jury On Feb 24, 2022 convicted three different officers – former Minneapolis Police Officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Kiernan Lane – of violating civil rights statute within the George Floyd homicide. FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Legal Apprehension had investigated the case.
(With ANI inputs)