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Derek Chauvin faces sentencing in George Floyd’s death

Derek Chauvin faces sentencing in George Floyd’s death




Now moving on minneapolis residents  await the sentencing of former police  officer derek chauvin with  beat breath he faces up to 30 years in  prison minnesota law provides for a  minimum sentence of 12.5 years  however who will be announcing the  sentence identified four  aggravating circumstances he said that  chauvin had abused his position of trust  and authority  he had treated floyd with particular  cruelty  in front of minors and has committed the  crime as a group  with the active participation of at  least three other officers  this signals towards a much heavier  sentence  chauvin is being seen as the face of  police brutality in the united states  in may last year he killed a black man  george floyd by pressing  a knee on his neck for close to nine  minutes floyd was arrested  on suspicion of using a fake  twenty dollar bill he was then  handcuffed and pinned down to the ground  the incident filmed by by stanza as  standards opened the world's eyes to the  realities of systemic racism  and police brutality in the united  states now after months of protest  international condemnation and  back-to-back hearings shauwn was found  guilty  on three charges that is second-degree  murder third-degree murder and  manslaughter  the trial was followed closely by  millions across the world chauvin's  lawyer eric nelson  had argued that his client had made an  error in good faith  the conviction came as a sigh of relief  as many had feared acquittal  in march 2022 chavin's former colleagues  will face  trials on charges of complicity in  homicide  once again we're joined by kate fisher  okay thank you so much for staying with  us now  from what we've heard and seen he will  be charged on  the most extreme of these three charges  what can you tell us about the  sentencing now  yeah that's right uh the law in  minnesota  says that um of the three uh charges he  was found guilty of he will be sentenced  on the one that carries  the biggest sentence that is  second-degree murder it could go  up to in rare circumstances up to 40  years although that is  highly unlikely in this case as you said  the presumptive sentence for a  first-time offender  in this charge would be 12 and a half  years but  as you noted judge cahill has agreed  with prosecutors that there are these  aggravating circumstances which make  um him able to give a more stern  sentence for this a longer sentence if  he believes that those  aggravating circumstances um mean that  mr chauvin deserves longer in jail so  that could be anything  from this 12 and a half years up to  around 30 years  and you look at different legal analysts  have suggested opinions over the last  few days about what that could be  but certainly it would most people seem  to think it will be more than the 12 and  a half years but perhaps not  the full 30 years right kate now also in  minnesota there's something called  presumptive sentencing which  also takes into consideration any  criminal history now in this case he  does not have a criminal history but as  i mentioned earlier there are four  aggravated sentencing factors how do you  think that's likely to impact the  sentencing  yeah that's right this the presumptive  sentence is 12 and a half years for this  but it's highly likely that he's going  to be given  more than that because the judge has  agreed with prosecutors about these  four aggravating circumstances the fact  that they believe  that george floyd was subjected to  particular  cruelty that uh he the crime was  committed in front of children  that derek chauvin abused his authority  as a police officer  during this murder um and so  these factors mean that the judge is  able to give  a much longer and more punishing  sentence than that twelve and a half  years that will be typically given  to a first-time offender with no  previous criminal history which of  course derek shoving  is he he has not got a criminal record  and normally that would stand in um his  favor but of course  with these aggravating circumstances  that may lift the the length of time  that he's sentenced to  in jail for on his part his defense  attorney is trying to argue that he  shouldn't spend  any further time in jail whatsoever but  it's highly unlikely  that the judge is going to agree with  that right kate also what can you tell  us about some of the reactions pouring  in what is the general public consensus  right now given all these factors  well i think um as you saw when the um  the conviction was first the jury  convicted  derrick chauvin of these crimes there  was widespread  um celebration certainly amongst uh  racial justice  activists and i would suggest most  americans they saw this as a kind of  a benchmark in the civil rights movement  in the u.s  it's very rare for a white police  officer or any police officer to be  convicted  um of murder in under the circumstances  let alone  sentenced to time in jail so  but i do think that the family and the  close observers of this case and  supporters  of george floyd the black lives matter  movement and so on will be expecting and  hoping for  a heavy sentence closer towards that 30  years than the 12 and a half  obviously we don't know what's going to  happen if that doesn't happen i expect  we'll hear from them  about how they feel that this this  wasn't fair  um we do know that um the lawyers  um will uh the lawyers representing the  uh george floyd's family will be  speaking after the sentencing and so  we'll get their reaction then  all right okay thank you for joining us  with all those updates we will of course  continue to monitor this very closely.

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