A Minnesota judge on Friday sentenced former police officer Derek Chou to 22 1/2 years in prison in connection with the May 2020 murder of George Floyd when he was arrested on a Minneapolis sidewalk, the video of which sparked global protests.
The former police officer who faced the immediate sentence for the death of George Floyd, the African American who suffocated Derek Chow 13 months ago, has offered his “condolences” to his family. One of his brothers, Terence Floyd, was questioned by Reuters at the inquest as to why he was killed.
A 45-year-old arbitrator was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree homicide on April 20 after a trial that was widely regarded as a diabetic moment in U.S. police history.
Prosecutors had asked for a 30-year prison sentence, which doubled the upper limit indicated in the sentencing guidelines for the first-time offender.
Security had asked for parole. For more than nine minutes the video of Suu Kyi kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in handcuffs, caused outrage around the world and was the largest protest movement seen in the United States in decades.
In a sentencing note, prosecutors from the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office wrote that Suu Kyi’s guilt “shocked the nation’s conscience.”
In a six-page judgment last month, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill found that prosecutors had shown that there were four aggravating factors that would allow the sentence to be longer than the injunction dictates.
The judge admitted that Suu Kyi had abused her trust and power; He treated Floyd with particular cruelty; He committed the crime as part of a group with three other officers; And he killed in front of the children.
Through his attorney, Eric Nelson, he asked Sue’s judge to grant him parole, writing that Floyd’s murder was “better described as a mistake made in good faith.” Cahill denied Suu Kyi’s request for a new trial in an order Friday morning.
Suu Kyi helped arrest Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill. The officer has been detained at the state high security prison in Oak Park Heights since being found guilty.
The other three police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest, like Suu Kyi, opened fire the next day. The trio face trial next year on charges of complicity in Floyd’s murder.