A US District Court for the District of Minnesota judge Thursday sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in federal prison for violating George Floyd and a minor’s civil rights.
According to the plea agreement, Chauvin willfully deprived George Floyd of his constitutional right “to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer.” Chauvin also pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of John Pope in 2017, when Pope was 14.
US Attorney Andrew M. Luger for the District of Minnesota said in a statement:
Derek Chauvin abandoned his sworn oath to uphold the sanctity of life when he callously took George Floyd’s life and when he violently assaulted a 14-year-old child. Chauvin’s actions constituted a grave abuse of police authority and a clear violation of these individuals’ civil rights. To the victims, their families, and to the broader community: although the harm that Chauvin caused will never be erased, today’s sentence of more than 20 years in prison represents a measure of justice and accountability.
Chauvin was indicted in May 2021 by a federal grand jury on civil rights charges with three other former officers and was also charged in a separate indictment, relating to Pope. The three other officers were convicted by the same judge as Chauvin in February and are awaiting sentencing.
Chauvin was also charged by the state of Minnesota, for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and was found guilty on all three charges and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. He appealed his conviction and requested a new trial, which appeal is pending and the request was denied. He will serve his sentence on the federal charges upon the completion of his state sentence.
US District Judge Paul Magnuson subtracted seven months from Chauvin’s sentence for time served, which means that Chauvin will serve a little over 20 years in prison.