Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and state prosecutors are seeking a more severe sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin after a jury found him guilty in the murder of George Floyd, reports Axios. Under Minnesota statutes, Chauvin will only be sentenced on second degree murder, the most serious charge that he was found guilty of, and experts say he is not expected to be given the maximum sentence of 40 years. He was also found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Prosecutors cite five factors in support of an aggravated sentence for Chauvin: Floyd “was a particularly vulnerable victim” when Chauvin pinned him against the pavement by holding a knee to his neck, since the use of force continued after he became unresponsive; Floyd was also intoxicated. Prosecutors argue that Floyd “was treated with particular cruelty” as he was held on the pavement after repeatedly saying he could not breathe and while bystanders called for Chauvin to stop, and that he was not offered CPR or medical assistance by officers; They also accuse Chauvin of abusing his position of authority as a uniformed officer and committing a crime, as part of a group of three or more people, in the presence of multiple children.