Former US police officer Derek Chauvin, who was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd in June, pleaded guilty Wednesday to other charges related to the case. Agence France-Presse reported, referring to local media.
Chauvin, 45, recently pleaded guilty to violations of Floyd’s constitutionally guaranteed civil rights, which were filed in a separate federal lawsuit. He allegedly violated his rights by using disproportionate force against Floyd.
The party also pleaded guilty to similar allegations unrelated to the 2017 crackdown on a 14-year-old.
AFP reported that this was the first time that Chauvin, who appealed a Minnesota court ruling, pleaded guilty to pushing Floyd in the neck for about ten minutes until he stopped breathing. He claimed he was innocent at the first trial in Minnesota court.
In the case of federal charges, Chauvin faces 20-25 years in prison. If convicted, he will serve a new prison sentence, along with a murder sentence sent to him by a Minnesota court in June.
The Associated Press reported that in the event of an early release from prison and a reduced sentence for good behavior, Chauvin must serve about 15 years in prison in his 22.5 years. If the judge had sentenced him to a maximum of 25 years in prison in the current trial, he would likely spend another six years and three months behind bars.
Floyd’s death, following a brutal police crackdown in the American city of Minneapolis, sparked mass protests against police brutality and racism in the United States and many other countries around the world.
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