Former US policeman could face longer sentence for Floyd murder

Ruben Hill
May 13, 2021

The state trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is being delayed until March 2022, Judge Peter Cahill said Thursday. And fourth, the judge ruled Chauvin committed the crime as a group with the active participation of at least three other people.

The judge rejected a fifth point stating that Floyd was considered "particularly vulnerable".

It was unknown when Cahill would rule on that motion. Their trial on charges related to the killing of George Floyd has been delayed until March 2022. It now allows for the possibility of more time in prison when Chauvin is sentenced next month. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25.

Cahill, who presided over the trial, will also sentence Chauvin.

Prosecutors on April 30 asked Cahill to consider several aggravating circumstances in Floyd's death so that he could make "an upward sentencing departure" in the case.

"The application of justice in this case offers hope that we will see real change in the relationship between police and people of color by holding officers properly accountable for egregious behavior and for failing to honor the sanctity of all lives", the attorneys said in a statement.

"We have to be able to listen to even those who are voiceless through their pain", he said.

Cahill said when it became clear to bystanders that Floyd was in distress and stopped breathing, Chauvin continued to abuse his position of authority by not rendering aid.

Floyd died in May of 2020 after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for over nine minutes.

At the hearing, defense attorneys requested that prosecutors be sanctioned for media leaks in February that claimed Chauvin initially planned on pleading guilty to third-degree murder.

Nelson also argued Floyd was not treated with particular cruelty, saying that there is no evidence that the assault perpetrated by Chauvin involved gratuitous pain that's not usually associated with second-degree murder.

Chauvin has also been indicted on federal charges alleging he violated Floyd's civil rights, as well as the civil rights of a 14-year-old he restrained in a 2017 arrest.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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