He knelt on his neck for a few minutes: a former police officer was convicted again for killing African-American George Floyd.
Former policeman Derek Chavin, already serving a lengthy prison sentence for the killing of African-American George Floyd, has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in a separate federal trial. Thursday’s ruling in St. Paul came after the defendant pleaded guilty to violating Floyd’s civil rights at trial. The painful death of George Floyd, who was struggling for air, sparked global protests against police violence and racism in 2020.
On May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, a white American police officer kneed Floyd, who was arrested and handcuffed on charges of counterfeiting money, even though the 46-year-old black man repeatedly complained that he could. Not breathing.
Chauvin is already serving a long prison sentence
Floyd’s harrowing death, captured on cell phone video, sparked international outrage and nationwide protests against racism and police violence. Floyd’s complaint of “I can’t breathe” – “I can’t breathe” or “I can’t breathe” – went around the world and became the slogan of the anti-racism movement “Black Lives Matter”.
In June 2021, Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for second-degree murder in Minnesota. Parallel to the state judiciary, the federal judiciary brought charges against Chauvin, as was possible in the United States.
He accused the former cop of violating Floyd’s constitutional right not to experience “disproportionate force from a police officer.” Chouin pleads guilty – now a verdict in this case too. Under US law the two prison terms can be served concurrently.
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