Federal prosecutors seek 25 year sentence for Derek Chauvin for civil rights violations

Federal prosecutors said this week they are seeking a 25 year prison sentence for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder for the killing of George Floyd in 2020.

The prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson on Wednesday to sentence Chauvin to the maximum number of years in prison for his violation of the constitutional rights of George Floyd when Chauvin, then a police officer, knelt on the neck of Floyd for almost ten minutes, ignoring Floyd’s pleas saying he could not breathe, and ultimately killing him.

“He acted in callous and wanton disregard to Mr. Floyd’s life,” they wrote. “Further, the defendant admitted that he knew what he was doing was wrong,” the motion continues.

The prosecutors told the judge they were recommending the maximum sentence because Chauvin’s actions were cold-blooded and needless. The prosecution also pointed to a history of Chauvin abusing his position as a law enforcement officer. As part of the plea agreement the judge agreed to, Chauvin also pleaded guilty to violating the rights of a then-14 year old Black boy when he restrained him in 2017. 

Prosecutors told the judge in their motion Chauvin has “used his law enforcement career to engage in abusive conduct” repeatedly over the years. Chauvin has a recorded 17 complaints against him, 6 of which, according to prosecutors, involved the wrongful use of force during an arrest.

A sentencing date has not yet been set, but Chauvin is already serving a 22 ½ year sentence on state murder charges for the killing of George Floyd. Chauvin would serve the two sentences concurrently.




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