WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 08th July, 2022) US District Court Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to 20 years and four months in prison for violating Federal civil rights laws during the incident in which he killed George Floyd in May 2020, FOX 9 reported.
Chauvin was found guilty in 2021 by the state of Minnesota of second-degree murder in Floyd's death and sentenced to over 22 years in prison. The additional federal sentence for civil rights violations will be served concurrently with the state sentence, according to the report on Thursday.
In addition to admitting to depriving Floyd of his civil rights by kneeling on his neck for an extended period of time, ultimately leading to his death, Chauvin also pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of using excessive force against a black 14-year-old boy in 2017.
The other former officers involved in the incident - Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane - were also found guilty in federal court of violating Floyd's civil rights by not intervening to stop Chauvin from continuing to kneel on his neck.
The judge said during the sentencing hearing that Chauvin ruined the lives of his fellow former officers, to the report said.