Last April, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was given a 22 1/2 year state prison sentence after a jury convicted him of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
According to the Washington Examiner, Chauvin has just been sentenced to another 21 years in federal prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights.
Prosecutors sought a 25-year sentence
Thursday’s sentence comes after Chauvin pleaded guilty to the charges late last year in exchange for a sentence between 20 and 25 years.
As he sentenced Chauvin, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson was quoted as telling the former law enforcement officer, “I really don’t know why you did what you did, but kneeling on someone until they expire is simply wrong, and for that, you will be punished.”
The Examiner noted how Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, has sought a sentence of 20 years given that his client will already be spending over two decades behind bars in a state institution.
In contrast, prosecutors were seeking a full 25 years. Also asking for a maximum sentence was Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd.
“My brother was murdered in broad daylight with a knee to his neck for nine minutes,” Floyd was quoted as saying in a victim impact statement on Thursday.
For his part, Chauvin said George Floyd’s children have “excellent guidance in becoming good adults” and went on to wish them “all the best in their life.”
The former police officer acknowledged that the court was operating in a “politically charged environment” and praised it for pursuing fairness.
BLM rioter gets 10-year sentence for an arson death
Floyd’s death was followed by a wave of violent rioting in cities across the United States that often turned deadly. In one case, an arsonist named Montez Terriel Lee Jr. caused the death of Oscar Stewart when he set a Minneapolis pawn shop on fire.
However, Fox News noted in February that Lee was only sentenced to 10 years in prison, a fact that outraged Texas Rep. Chip Roy.
“It would appear that Mr. Lee is enjoying the benefits of kid-gloved, preferential treatment in this case because he committed violence in furtherance of the preferred political views of your office and the current administration,” Fox News quoted Roy as saying in a letter to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.