In brief comments to the court shortly before his sentence to twenty-two and a half years in prison, the former Minneapolis police officer sentenced earlier this year said he wanted to offer his condolences to the families of the victims.
“I want to offer my condolences to the Floyd family,” he said.
He added: “There will be other information in the future that would be interesting and I hope things give you some peace of mind, thank you. “
There was speculation that Chuavin, 45, could have been sentenced to 40 years, which would have been the maximum available. Prosecutors had asked for 30 years, which was the highest allowed by state sentencing guidelines.
As he approached the lectern with his attorney, Eric Nelson, Chauvin told Judge Peter Cahill, that due to “certain additional legal issues pending, I am not in a position to make a full formal declaration for this. the moment “.
It appears to be referring to the fact that Chauvin still faces federal civil rights charges in Floyd’s death. Obviously, Chauvin never offered an apology.
Chauvin was unanimously convicted in April for killing the unarmed 46-year-old African-American man in Minneapolis last May.
He had been charged with unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
The charges followed the arrest of Chauvin and three other officers from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Their arrest in turn came after days of protests from Minneapolis residents, their emotions heightened after the video taken by passers-by, showing the officer kneeling on the man’s neck for more than nine minutes, even as he was panting, “I can’t breathe”.
The other three officers were also charged. They are currently awaiting trial.
Derek Chauvin’s mother fears she will die before he is released from prison
While several members of the Floyd family have spoken about the impact it has had on them, including the deceased man’s seven-year-old daughter, Gianna, there were few to speak on behalf of Chauvin.
One exception was Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, the mother of Derek Chauvin, who told the court that her son was “a good man” and someone who “always devoted his life and time to the police service” .
“Even on his days off he would call to see if they needed help,” she said.
She added, “It has been difficult for me to hear and read what the media, the public and the prosecution team think Derek is an aggressive, heartless and indifferent person. I can tell you that is far from the truth.
Nelson said he hoped the conviction “would spark policy debate and civil public discourse and ultimately leave a positive effect on the city of Minneapolis.”
He added: “The impact this has had on the community is profound. It goes way beyond what happened on May 25 of last year. It has been at the forefront of our national consciousness and has made its way into every, almost every facet of our lives, from the entertainment we consume to presidential politics.
He said he hoped the city and the nation would be able to recover from the events.
“Ultimately, I sincerely hope that when this proverbial dust settles, the impact on the community will spark policy debate and civil public discourse and ultimately leave a positive effect on the City of Minneapolis, the City of Minnesota and United States.”