On Wednesday morning, the former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to federal charges in the civil rights case of George Floyd. This means that Chauvin can serve time in a federal lock-up.
Fox News reported that Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of state murder and manslaughter charges for kneeling on Floyd’s neck, causing his death in May of 2020. Chauvin has been held in solitary confinement since his conviction.
Chauvin took a plea deal today in which he also pleaded guilty to violating the rights of a 14-year-old boy during a 2017 arrest in which he grabbed the boy’s throat and held his knee on his neck despite the fact that he was not resisting.
During today’s hearing, Judge Paul A. Magnuson asked Chauvin if he understood “this is the end of it,” and that he would not have the right to appeal in the future. Chauvin responded by saying that he understood that.
The conditions of Chauvin’s plea deal state that he will never be allowed to work in law enforcement again and will pay restitution, though the amount has not yet been determined. While his sentence has not yet been figured out, prosecutors have said that they would ask for a 300 month, or 25-year, sentence for the federal charges.
While this guilty plea means that Chauvin may be transferred to a federal lock-up, his notoriety could mean that he will need to remain in solitary confinement. Chauvin and three other officers – Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao – were indicted earlier this year for willfully violating the civil rights of Floyd. Those three officers will be going on trial in 2022.
“The three-count indictment alleges that all four defendants, while acting under color of law, willfully deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional rights,” the Department of Justice said in a statement back in May. WFSB reported that the indictment stated that “the defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Floyd.”
Floyd’s case captivated the entire world last year and effectively launched the “defund the police” movement. Since then, crime has spiked all over the country. Find out more about Chauvin’s guilty plea in the video below.