Prosecutors on Friday requested the Minneapolis decide overseeing the case in opposition to Derek Chauvin to contemplate a number of aggravating circumstances when he sentences the previous police officer in June for the homicide of George Floyd.
State of Minnesota Legal professional Basic Keith Ellison and lead prosecutor Matthew Frank mentioned in a memorandum to District Courtroom Choose Peter Cahill that Chauvin deserves a sentence stiffer than the state pointers dictate as a result of he held a place of authority who handled Floyd, a weak sufferer, with cruelty.
The “defendant’s actions inflicted gratuitous ache, and brought about psychological misery to Mr. Floyd and to the bystanders,” the prosecutors wrote, including that Chauvin made “no try” to offer Floyd medical consideration.
Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson was not instantly accessible for remark.
Within the confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran police officer, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, on Might 25, 2020. Chauvin and three fellow officers had been trying to arrest Floyd, accused of utilizing a pretend $20 invoice to purchase cigarettes. Floyd’s demise led to protests in the US and overseas about extreme use of pressure by police in opposition to folks of shade.
On April 20, a jury of 12 discovered Chauvin responsible of second diploma homicide, third diploma homicide and manslaughter within the killing of Floyd, a milestone conviction within the fraught racial historical past of the US and a rebuke of regulation enforcement’s remedy of Black People.
When he’s sentenced on June 16, Chauvin faces a mixed 75 years in jail, primarily based on the state’s sentencing pointers. He may obtain extra time in jail if Cahill agrees with the prosecutors authorized arguments.
Prosecutors additionally argued that Cahill ought to remember that Chauvin dedicated crimes with a bunch of three or extra folks and within the presence of 4 youngsters.
“All 4 had been traumatized by defendant’s actions, as their testimony at trial makes clear,” they wrote.