*After Receiving Initial 22 Years for On-Duty Murder
Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, who pleaded guilty to separate federal civil rights charges in December over breach of George Floyd’s right, has been sentenced to 21 years of jail term.
Reports by Reuters say Chauvin, who has already bagged a separate 22 year concurrent jail sentence in state prison for the On-Duty murder of floyd, was handed the new sentence by a court in Minnesota on Thursday.
The 46 year-old Chauvin got slammed with two federal charges which include depriving 46 year-old “…Mr Floyd of his rights by kneeling on his neck for more than 9 minutes even though he was in handcuffs and failing to provide medical care during the May 2020 arrest.”
Though both the state and federal jail terms will run concurrently, the are due to be followed by five years of supervised release.
“George’s life matters,” Mr Floyd’s brother, Philonese, said in court on Thursday as he asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 25 years.
Chauvin is also reported to have violated the rights of a then-14-year-old boy during another arrest that took place in 2017. According to his Indictment report, the former white police officer held the black boy by the throat, hit him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on his neck and upper back while he was handcuffed and not resisting arrest like Floyd.
According to prosecutors, Chauvin’s unreleased bodycam footage showed him kneeling on the boy’s back for 17 minutes while he cried out for his mother.
Save for his plea bargain, he would have face a life sentence if convicted at a second criminal trial.
“For your actions, you must be held accountable,” Judge Paul Magnuson said before handing down the sentence.