Minneapolis: Former policeman Derek Chauvin could be ordered behind bars for 30 years on Friday when he is sentenced for the murder of African American George Floyd, a killing that sparked America’s biggest demonstrations for racial justice in decades.
According to Minnesota law, the 45-year-old white killer was sentenced to prison after being convicted of three counts of murder and manslaughter two months ago, with a minimum sentence of 12.5 years.
However, Judge Peter Cahill, who will pronounce his verdict in a Minneapolis court at 1:30 pm (1830 GMT), pointed out that aggravating circumstances may mean heavier penalties.
He said Chauvin had “abused his position of trust and authority,” treated Floyd with “particular cruelty” in front of minors and “committed the crime as a group with the active participation of at least three other” officers.
In May of last year, Xiao Wan and three colleagues arrested 46-year-old Freud on the grounds that he was suspected of passing a 20-dollar counterfeit bill in a store in the northern city of Minneapolis, which has about 42 Million population. They handcuffed him and pinned him to the ground in the middle of the street.
Shavin then knelt on the back of Freud’s neck for nearly 10 minutes, indifferent to the groans of the dying and the pleading of upset passers-by.
The scene, filmed and uploaded by a young woman, quickly went viral. After weeks of home confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people poured onto streets across the country and also overseas, to demand an end to racism and police brutality.
It took weeks for the mass demonstrations to taper off, but the debate around the pressing social issues remains vivid in the United States, where President Joe Biden has been slow to come up with the police reforms he promised during his campaign.
Late Thursday, Republican and Democratic lawmakers announced that after weeks of negotiations they had come up with “an agreement on a framework addressing the major issues for bipartisan police reform.”
“Over the next few weeks we look forward to continuing our work toward getting a finalized proposal across the finish line,” the members of Congress said in a statement.