On Friday, the Minnesota Attorney General filed documents asking Derek Shovin to impose a harsher prison sentence on Floyd’s murder Floyd, claiming that the former Minneapolis police had used deadly methods because Floyd was demanding his life.
Shavin, who is due to be convicted of second-degree murder in June on “other charges,” abused his authority as a police officer, looking on in public, and Floyd was handcuffed and shouted at his mother, Attorney General Keith Ellison said. in a legal record filed in Minnesota’s Henep County District Court.
“Mr. Floyd was treated with extreme cruelty. Defendant continued to maintain his position above Mr. Floyd, even as Mr. Floyd exclaimed that he felt as sorry as Mr. “Floyd shouted 27 times that he could not breathe, even when Mr. Floyd said that the defendant’s actions were killing him,” Ellison said. He added that Chauvin remained in position because Floyd yelled at his mother, stopped talking and lost consciousness.
Prosecutors wrote that Shovin’s actions “caused undue pain”, not only Floyd, but also “civilian passers-by” who said they would be persecuted for remembering what they saw.
Four people in the crowd watching Floyd’s death were minors, the court said.
“Thus, the defendant did not simply cause physical pain. “In the last moments of his life, he caused Mr. Floyd psychological distress, leaving Mr. Floyd helpless when he squeezed the last remnants of his life from Mr. Floyd’s body,” the article reads.
Defender Eric Nelson opposes the harsher sentence, saying the state could not prove that those aggravating factors, among others, existed when Shavin arrested Floyd on May 25.
Nelson also said that Floyd was not particularly abusive, saying there was no evidence that Chovin’s attack involved unreasonable pain not normally associated with second-degree murder.
“Mr. Floyd’s attack took place in a very short period of time, there are no threats, no irony, such as putting a gun to the head, pulling the trigger … և ended when the EMS finally responded to the officers’ calls,” Nelson wrote.
Shavin, who is white, was convicted last week of second-degree involuntary manslaughter, third-degree murder and second-degree murder for 91/2 minutes for squeezing Floyd in the neck as the SJ man said he could not breathe.
Although he was found guilty on three counts, under Minnesota law he will be sentenced to only the most serious, second-degree murder. Although the calculation provides for a maximum sentence of 40 years, experts say he will not receive that much.
Prosecutors did not say how long they would be looking for Shovin.
According to the Minnesota verdicts, the sentence for a second-degree involuntary manslaughter for someone who did not commit a criminal offense like Chauvin would be 12 and a half years. Judges may sentence someone to at least 10 years, eight months, or more than 15 years while still on counseling. To move beyond that, Judge Peter Cahill had to find out that there were “aggravating factors”, and even if they were found, legal experts said Shavin was unlikely to be threatened for more than 30 years.
Prosecutors said on Friday that going beyond the sentencing guidelines was justified because there were many aggravating factors in the case.
Contributed by the Associated Press
This article originally appeared in the USA TODAY. Prosecutors say former police officer Derek Shavin should receive an unusually high sentence for George Lod Floyd for “gratuitous pain”