Derek Chauvin verdict: Justice Department to investigate Minneapolis policing practices
Apr 21 2021
Chauvin was convicted Tuesday, almost one year after kneeling on Floyd's neck in an incident that sparked global protests against police brutality.
"Nothing can fill the void the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death", Garland said.
In the first demonstration of administration action following the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announced the Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into the Minneapolis police force. The teenager also testified at Chauvin's trial last month, where she became emotional as she described seeing Floyd "suffering" and begging for his life. He will be sentenced in about eight weeks.
However, the three counts - which all require Chauvin's actions to have led to Mr Floyd's death but interpret his mindset differently - have varying maximum sentences.
Chauvin was convicted of all three charges - second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter - in the death of Floyd, a Black man he pinned down outside a grocery store past year.
Manslaughter in the second degree - defined as acting negligently, creating unreasonable risk, and consciously taking chances of killing or harming another person - carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, or a fine of $20,000. Cahill had revoked Chauvin's bail, which meant the former police officer would remain in the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office until future sentencing hearings.
Chauvin was turned over to the Department of Corrections and booked about 4:55 p.m. into Oak Park Heights while he awaits sentencing.
What about the other officers?
Last week, Garland revoked a Trump-era memo that made it more hard for the Justice Department's civil rights lawyers to reach consent decrees with state and local governments over policing practices, and to seek court approval for independent monitors to check whether police departments were honoring the terms of settlements.
The men, who were all fired, are now free on bail.
If found guilty, they could be facing as long as 40 years behind bars.