MINNEAPOLIS (Minn.) — Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, sentenced to 22 1/2 years Friday afternoon.
As celebrations, cheers, and chants fill the city, demonstrators hold up signs of two Minnesota men killed by Police; Daunte Wright & George Floyd, on Tuesday, on April 20. Photo/PJD (for WNJ)
Late Friday morning, the judge in the case rejected Chauvin's request for a new trial.
Prosecutors asked for 30 years. The defense asked for probation.
Gianna Floyd was the first of four heartbreaking victim impact statements in today’s Derek Chauvin sentencing. She’s the 7-year-old daughter of Floyd. She gave her statement on video talking about her hope to one day play with her dad - in heaven - again. She also said that she’s been asking how her dad got hurt.
Next, George Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams spoke, asking for the maximum sentence to be handed.
Floyd's brother Terrance Floyd [from New York]: "I want to know from the man himself, why? What were you thinking? What was going through your head when you had your knee on my brother's neck? When he posed no threat anymore, when he was handcuffed, why you didn't get up? Why you stayed there?"
Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd talked about the nightmares he's been having, and the trauma he's experiencing from having to see the video of his brother dying over and over again.
“George’s life mattered,'' he said, '' Please help us find closure by giving Chauvin maximum sentence..”
Derek Chauvin's mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, addressed the court for the first time at his sentencing hearing. "My son is a good man," she said.
Pawlenty said her son is not a racist. "The public will never know the loving and caring man that he is, but his family does." “When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me,” she added.
She addressed her son directly: "Derek, I want you to know I've always believed in your innocence," she said. "And I've received letters from all over the world from people who also believe in your innocence."
During Eric Nelson’s argument, he revealed that Chauvin was not even scheduled to work on May 25. He agreed to come in because of short-staffing.
Derek Chauvin said, “At this time due to some additional legal matters at hand, I’m not able to give a full formal statement at this time, but very briefly though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family."
Matthew Frank gave the prosecution's argument for sentencing. Their argument is laid out in written form here.
Frank thanked Minneapolis Police officers who did not "hide behind the wall" [blue wall of silence] and testified against Chauvin.
The sentencing order and 22 page memorandum opinion detailing how the sentence was based on is available here.