What happened to George Floyd? Police officer jailed for 20 years

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Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to an additional 21 years in prison for his role in the death of George Floyd



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People in Minneapolis react after the Derek Chauvin trial reads its verdict (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A federal judge sentenced the former Minneapolis police officer after agreeing to a plea deal.

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Chauvin is already serving a murder and manslaughter conviction.

The death of George Floyd has sent shockwaves around the world and sparked protests across the United States against police brutality.

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Floyd, 46, was repeatedly filmed saying “I can’t breathe” as Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes.

Chauvin is serving a 22.5-year sentence after being found guilty of the murder of Mr Floyd in April 2021. Chauvin pleaded guilty to his own federal civil rights charges in December.

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Now a US jury has found that three former Minneapolis police officers who were present at the death of George Floyd denied him his civil rights.

The trio were charged with “willful indifference to serious medical needs” during the attempted arrest of Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, in May 2020.

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Tou Thao, 36, J Alexander Kueng, 28, and Thomas Lane, 38, said they were unaware Mr Floyd needed medical attention. They each face up to 25 years in prison for violating Mr Floyd’s civil rights.

People in Minneapolis react after the Derek Chauvin trial reads its verdict (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What happened to George Floyd?

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George Floyd has been arrested after a teenage clerk at Cup Foods grocery store accused him of paying for a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.

When George Floyd refused to return the cigarettes, police were called to the scene.

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A transcript of the phone call to police was released by authorities, citing the vendor as saying Floyd was “drunk” and “out of control.”

When officers arrived at the scene, Mr Floyd was in a car with two others around the corner from the store.

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Officer Thomas Lane drew his gun after approaching the car – it didn’t explain why the officer felt this was necessary.

Prosecutors say Officer Lane “laid hands on Mr. Floyd and pulled him out of the car” before Mr. Floyd “actively resisted being handcuffed.”

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Mr Floyd was compliant after his arrest by Officer Lane.

According to a police report, George Floyd resisted arrest when officers tried to put him in a squad car. According to the police report, “Mr Floyd stiffened and fell to the ground, telling officers he was claustrophobic.”

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After a fight, Mr Floyd was pinned down by Officer Derek Chauvin, with three other officers helping to hold the 46-year-old down.

In footage from bystanders, Officer Chauvin could be seen kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

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When he lost consciousness, officers took Floyd to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mr Floyd said ‘I can’t breathe’ twenty times.

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What was Derek Chauvin accused of?

In this video footage, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the Floyd family at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis (Court TV via AP, Pool).

Former police officer Derek Chauvin is serving a sentence after being convicted of the murder of George Floyd.

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Minnesota law defines someone guilty of second-degree murder as someone who “causes the death of a human being with the intention of causing that person’s death or that of another person, but without intent.”

Minnesota defines third-degree murder as causing death “by committing an act extremely dangerous to others, and showing a depraved mind without regard to human life, is guilty of third-degree murder.”

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A person found guilty of third-degree murder faces up to 25 years in prison, while a person found guilty of second-degree murder faces up to 40 years in prison.

He was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for murder and manslaughter.

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Why was he sentenced to another prison term?

Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

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U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson’s ruling came after Chauvin agreed to a plea deal that called for a sentence of between 20 and 25 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors had sought the upper end of that range, arguing Chauvin, who is white, killed Floyd in cold blood when he pleaded with the black man on 25 Floyd that he couldn’t breathe.

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Chauvin’s attorney had asked for 20 years, arguing that Chauvin was repentant.

During a hearing Thursday (July 7), Chauvin told Floyd’s family that he “wishes well” to Floyd’s children.

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But Chauvin’s brief remarks contained no direct apologies or remorse towards Floyd’s family.

The plea deal saw Chauvin serve the sentences concurrently and be transferred from a Minnesota state prison to a federal prison, where experts say he is likely safer and can be held under less restrictive conditions.

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What were other police officers accused of?

A US jury has found that three former Minneapolis police officers present at the death of George Floyd denied him his civil rights.

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The trio were charged with “willful indifference to serious medical needs” during the attempted arrest of Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, in May 2020.

Tou Thao, 36, J Alexander Kueng, 28, and Thomas Lane, 38, said they were unaware Mr Floyd needed medical attention. They each face up to 25 years in prison for violating Mr Floyd’s civil rights.

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