Crime & Justice

George Floyd murder convict police officer to be sentenced June 16

Washington, Apr 23 (EFE).- Former police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted in the murder of African-American George Floyd, will be sentenced on June 16, according to court documents released Friday.

Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for the May 2020 death of Floyd.

The 12-person jury also found the fired Minneapolis policeman guilty on the other two counts: third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

As this is his first conviction, Chauvin, 45, could receive a sentence of 12.5 years under Minnesota state guidelines.

But prosecutors say the penalty should be stiffer due to what they consider aggravating factors.

Judge Peter Cahill granted a prosecution motion to revoke bail and ordered Chauvin into custody.

On Friday, Cahill ordered that the names of the 12 members of the jury would remain secret for at least six months to avoid their possible harassment.

Chauvin, who is white, knelt on the neck of the 46-year-old Floyd for more than nine minutes while taking him into custody for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill on May 25, 2020.

Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly complained that he could not breathe, and onlookers, including an off-duty paramedic, pleaded with Chauvin to get off his neck.

The incident triggered a wave of protests and riots in the US, not seen since the assassination of Martin Luther King in the late 1960s.

After the guilty verdict, US President Joe Biden renewed his call to address racial discrimination in policing and the criminal justice system.

“This can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America,” Biden said Tuesday at the White House.

He, however, said it was a “much too rare” verdict.

“In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that a tragedy like this will ever occur again,” he said. EFE

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