Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to death by George Floyd in a case in which US President Joe Biden said it could be a “moment of great change”.
Floyd’s death last year sparked international protests against racial injustice and Chauvin’s trial became one of them. very careful observation U.S. court cases last year.
Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of all three cases – second and third murders and second murders. The second death toll, the most serious case, remains in prison for up to 40 years.
In May last year, Chauvin, a white man, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes in jail for embezzling $ 20. The case has sparked a major response after police killed a foreign national while on duty.
Biden called the Floyd family after the verdict. “At least, God, there is justice now,” he said.
In a speech to the White House, the President expressed concern about the situation but said such decisions were “inappropriate”.
“Nothing can bring their brother, their father. But it plays a big role in the path to justice in America,” he said, while calling on the police to change.
Chauvin, wearing a gray suit, blue tie and a veil, shot his face slightly as the verdict was read. He was taken into custody and sentenced to eight weeks in prison.
Speaking after the verdict, Keith Ellison, the attorney general for Minnesota who presided over the case, said: “I would not say that today’s ruling is fair, because justice means restoration. But I am answering you, which is the first step in doing justice.”
Competition was crucial to the cause and interest, although prosecutors and human rights activists sought to separate the case from the general public. Police are not usually held accountable for the killings on duty, don’t just be guilty.
Floyd’s family held a press conference shortly after the sentencing, while Al Sharpton, a human rights activist, and his lawyer, Benjamin Crump.
“I feel so quiet today that I now have the opportunity to fall asleep,” she said Philonise Floyd, George’s brother. “Most days I pray, and I wait and say everything and be present. I said, ‘I believe he will be judged’. ”
“The important thing to consider is justice, and what justice is to the family of George Floyd,” said Ashley Howard, a professor at the University of Iowa who studies the history of the African people in the Midwest. “Any determination will not bring back their fathers, friends, acquaintances. But if the opposition blocks the marriage, they can say it is fair.”
The charges against Derek Chauvin
Second accidental murder He wants prosecutors to prove that the victim was the one who killed his partner during the violence – in Chauvin’s case, the charges against him were aggravated. They did not have to prove that they wanted to kill, but they wanted to kill. The maximum penalty is 40 years in prison.
The third murder, which carries a 25-year sentence, also applies to a convicted felon who commits a crime while committing “dangerous” acts and expressing a misdemeanor “.
Killing a second person seeks to prove that the defendant acted “recklessly” by creating an “unspeakable risk” of murder. Defendants should be sentenced to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The crowd grew outside the Hennepin state headquarters in Minneapolis before the announcement. One man led a well-known story, shouting “Say his name”, to which the people responded, “George Floyd”.
The city was expecting protests regardless of the judges’ decision. The state building was closed by a concertina wire fence from March. The National Guard boosted troops in the area last week following civil unrest in northern region after the police fired a 20-year-old black man at the time of traffic.
Sixteen of the judges were white, four were black, and two were ethnic, according to a Minnesota newspaper. Star Tribune.
The case involved two issues: whether Chauvin the use of force he was justified and the real cause of Floyd’s death.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo stood up to denounce Chauvin’s actions while attorney Eric Nelson said coercion would be “dangerous but permissible” and that Chauvin should be held accountable for what any intelligent police officer would do at the same time.
Opposing witnesses in particular cited asphyxia as the cause of Floyd’s death. Medical researcher Andrew Baker said Floyd had died cardiac arrest is prohibited and complied with. Chauvin’s attorney general said Floyd died of a concussion, highlighting past complications and drug use.
To Jada Brown, a Minneapolis prosecutor who helped reimburse the police department for humanitarian work, proving Chauvin was “the first party. I don’t think it’s a victory.”