US Death of Georges Floyd: The police officer Derek Chauvin fixed on his conviction this Friday
Prosecutors: New trial not merited for ex-cop in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death should not be granted a new trial because the proceedings were fair and Derek Chauvin was found guilty by an impartial jury, according to a court document filed Wednesday. The state's document came in response to defense requests to grant Chauvin a new trial and to hold a hearing to question jurors about alleged misconduct. Among other things, defense attorney Eric Nelson said intense pretrial publicity, alleged prosecutorial misconduct and some decisions by the court made it impossible for Chauvin to get a fair trial.
Twelve, twenty, thirty years in prison? The American police officerwill be fixed Friday on his sentence, . The scale of penalties in Minnesota provides for a minimum of 12 and a half years in prison for the 45-year-old white agent, which was incarcerated at the announcement of the verdict.
But Justice Peter Cahill, who will pronounce the sentence at 1:30 pm (20:30 in France) in a Minneapolis court, selected four aggravating circumstances, paving the way for a significantly heavier sentence. The policeman "abused his position of trust and authority", "treated George Floyd with great cruelty", acted in the presence of minors and "committed his crime in a meeting", wrote the magistrate upstream of The hearing.
Derek Chauvin sentencing: Former police officer faces prison time for the murder of George Floyd
Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last year, is set to be sentenced Friday to a potentially lengthy prison stay. © Provided by CNN Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd's death. Prosecutors for the state of Minnesota requested a 30-year prison sentence, saying it "would properly account for the profound impact of Defendant's conduct on the victim, the victim's family, and the community," according to a sentencing memo.
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on May 25, 2020, Derek Chauvin and three colleagues had wanted to stop the black quadmenwood, suspected of having elapsed a false $ 20 bill in the big city from the north of the United States. To master it, they had handcuffed her and plated on the ground in the street. Installed with a knee on his neck, Derek Chauvin had maintained his pressure for nearly ten minutes, indifferent to the rales ofbut also to the supplications of trampled passers-by.
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there will be remedies
the scene, filmed and put online by A girl, had quickly become viral. Confined for weeks, crowds were mass tripled in the streets of the United States, but also beyond, to claim the end of racism and police violence. It took weeks for the mobilization falls back but the debates on these issues remain keen in the United States, where President Joe Biden is slow to realize the reforms promised during his campaign.
Judge rejects Chauvin request for new trial in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Friday rejected former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’ s request for a new trial in George Floyd ’s death. Judge Peter Cahill said defense attorney Eric Nelson didn't show that the court abused its discretion and denied Chauvin the right to a fair trial. The ruling came hours before Chauvin was to be sentenced for murder in Floyd's death. Requests for new trials after a conviction are routine but rarely granted. Chauvin, 45, pinned Floyd to a Minneapolis street for about 9 1/2 minutes on May 25, 2020, ignoring the Black man’s cries of “I can’t breathe” and the shouts of onlookers.
In this context, the trial of Derek Chauvin had been closely scrutinized throughout the country. Present without discontinuing during the six weeks of hearings, the policeman refused to testify. His lawyer assured that he had merely follow the procedures in force in the police and that George Floyd's death was due to health problems combined with ingestion of drugs. The jurors have not been convinced and have put less than ten hours to recognize him guilty. Their decision was welcomed by a great sigh of relief in the country, which feared to kiss again if Derek Chauvin came out of the hearings.
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his lawyer, Eric Nelson, however, did not change their defense line. Upstream of the sentence, he pleaded that his client had committed "a mistake in good faith" and requested a reduced sentence for the duration already purified, which would allow the immediate release of the police officer. Prosecutors, denouncing "odious abuses" and "particularly cruel" conduct, required 30 years of retention.
Whatever the decision, it will be the subject of appeal, Mr. Nelson who had already expressed his intention to request the cancellation of the verdict, particularly because of doubts about the impartiality of certain jurors. The judicial file will not stop there: the three colleagues of Derek Chauvin will be judged in March 2022 for "complicity of murder" by the justice of Minnesota. In parallel, the four men will also have to face a trial before the federal justice that charged them for "Violation of constitutional rights" by George Floyd. No date has yet been fixed.
Experts: Impact of Chauvin case on policing yet to be seen .
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin 's conviction and lengthy prison sentence in George Floyd's murder could lead to better police hiring and training, law enforcement experts say. It could spur more effort to build trust among officers and communities. And it might have made the public — and future jurors — more receptive to longstanding complaints about police interactions with minorities. Even so, the case was so unusual — from bystander video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes to police department brass testifying against him — that it’s difficult to say it was a watershed moment for lasting change.