Washington (AP) – In the trial for the killing of the African American George Floyd, the defense is demanding a suspended sentence for the convicted white ex-police officer Derek Chauvin.
In addition, Chauvin should receive a prison sentence, which would be served with the remand, it said in a request published by the court in Minneapolis on Wednesday by attorney Eric Nelson. The public prosecutor, on the other hand, demands 30 years imprisonment for Chauvin. She justified this on Wednesday with the particular gravity of the act, which Judge Peter Cahill recognized last month. The sentence is scheduled to be pronounced on June 25th.
Nelson stated that his client had no criminal record. The ex-police officer had no legal problems until his arrest. He worked hard and lived a law-abiding life. The lawyer also justified the demand for a suspended sentence by saying that police officers have a shorter life expectancy and that chauvin in prison could be the target of attacks.
Chauvin’s attorney argued that his client had no intention of killing Floyd. “He thought he was doing his job.” Chauvin’s actions can best be described as a “mistake in good faith” based on his training and experience as a police officer. Chauvin was not aware “that he committed a crime at all”, but felt that he had simply fulfilled his legal obligation to arrest Floyd.
Prosecutors argued that a long sentence would “take into account the profound effects of the defendant’s behavior on the victim, the victim’s family and the community”.
Richter recognized the particular gravity of the act
The jury found Chauvin guilty of second degree murder, among other things, at the end of April. Because Judge Cahill has already recognized the gravity of the crime, a minor sentence is unlikely. Chauvin had pleaded not guilty. His defense attorney argued that the use of force was justified because Floyd resisted arrest. He was also of the opinion that Floyd’s death was not primarily due to violence, but mainly to existing heart problems and drug residues in his blood. Public prosecutor’s office had rejected this argument.
Floyd’s violent death on May 25, 2020 during a police operation in Minneapolis had sparked demonstrations against racism and police violence in the United States. Videos document how police officers pushed the unarmed man to the ground. Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for a good nine minutes while Floyd pleaded to let him breathe. Eventually Floyd passed out and died. The officers arrested him on suspicion of paying with a fake $ 20 bill.
In addition to the most serious charge, second-degree murder, the jury found Chauvin guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. According to current law in the state of Minnesota, according to experts, the sentence will only depend on the most serious charge.
Further indictments in federal court
In addition to Chauvin, three other ex-police officers involved in the operation against Floyd are also charged. You will be on trial in Minneapolis beginning March next year. They are charged with aid. They too could face several years’ imprisonment.
Independent of the Minnesota trial, Chauvin has also been indicted in federal court. The US Department of Justice said the accused was accused of deliberately depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights.
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