Officers deserved to be held accountable for Floyd’s death, but accountability outside the bounds of the law is not accountability; it’s systemic abuse.
Chauvin will serve his federal sentence concurrently with his state sentence.
He presents more risk than reward for both the prosecution and the defense.
Chauvin pleaded guilty to one count of depriving Floyd’s rights to freedom from unreasonable seizure and one count of failing to provide medical care.
Chauvin was indicted in May for denying Floyd’s rights to freedom from excessive force and unreasonable seizure.
The state’s highest court indirectly invalidates the prosecution’s depraved-indifference murder theory.
Chauvin will be required to serve one-third of his sentence before he is eligible for supervised release.
The judge gave the former police officer a severe sentence, but not the maximum.
Chauvin was found guilty in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.