Thursday, June 03, 2021
Floyd Trial in the United States
Defense demands parole for ex-cop
Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer who killed the African American George Floyd, has already been found guilty of the murder by a jury. The sentence is now being negotiated. While the prosecution is calling for 30 years in prison, the defense is calling for a suspended sentence.
In the trial for the killing of the African American George Floyd, the defense demands a suspended sentence for the convicted white ex-police officer Derek Chauvin. In addition, Chauvin should receive a prison sentence that would be served with the pre-trial detention, it said in a motion published by the court in Minneapolis from attorney Eric Nelson. The public prosecutor, on the other hand, demands 30 years imprisonment for Chauvin. She justified this with the special gravity of the act, which Judge Peter Cahill has already recognized. 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. 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”.
The jury found Chauvin guilty of second degree murder, among other things, at the end of April. 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. Floyd passed out and died. The officers arrested him on suspicion of paying with a fake $ 20 bill.