USA: George Floyd: Judge seeks high sentence

In a letter published on Wednesday, Judge Peter Cahill granted an application from the public prosecutor’s office, which had called for a longer prison term because of the seriousness of the crime. Chauvin had abused his position as a police officer, failed to provide first aid and treated Floyd with “particular cruelty” in the presence of children, Cahill said.

“It was particularly cruel to slowly kill George Floyd by preventing his ability to breathe when Mr. Floyd had already made it clear that he was having difficulty breathing,” the judge wrote in support. Kneeling on a suspect’s neck also violated Minneapolis police regulations. Chauvin’s act was also witnessed by four children, three 17-year-olds and one 9-year-old, the judge said.

Published: May 12th, 2021, 6:08 pm

Last updated: May 12, 2021, 6:09 pm