Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The U.S Justice Department says former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced follwing his guilty plea in December of 2021.

Chauvin is sentenced to 20 years and 5 months in prison for depriving both George Floyd and a 14-year-old child of their constitutional rights. The former officer pled guilty to willfully depriving Floyd of his rights to be free from unreasonable force by an officer. Chauvin also pled guilty to depriving a 14-year-old of his constitutional rights, by using unreasonable force against the juvenile.

“In no uncertain terms, George Floyd should be alive today,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Defendant Chauvin’s use of excessive force and his failure to provide medical care resulted in Mr. Floyd’s senseless murder. Chauvin’s unlawful actions in a separate incident also resulted in injury to a 14-year-old child. This sentence should send a strong message that the Justice Department stands ready to prosecute law enforcement officers who use deadly force without basis.

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