According to reports, convicted murder and former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is reportedly going to talk about his reasoning for killing George Floyd when he placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes last May.
If Chauvin opens up for the first time about the events, he will not look to clear his name but rather save himself from another trial for violating Floyd’s constitutional civil rights and denying him medical care during the arrest. Chauvin was charged by a federal grand jury last year based on murdering Floyd.
By taking a plea, Chauvin will avoid a lifetime prison sentence in addition to the 22 and a half years he was given last week.
If reports are correct in that Chauvin will accept a plea deal, as part of the stipulation, he will address why he did what he did in terms of using excessive force toward Floyd. A plea deal is crucial for Chauvin because not only will he avoid a lifetime sentence, but this will give him the ability to finish out his 22-and-a-half-year sentence in federal prison instead of a State-run facility.
The difference between the two prisons is that the Federal Prison is funded by the Federal government and has a bigger budget and better services, facilities, food, and training programs. While State Prisons are typically funded by taxpayers’ money and the conditions in state prisons are often run poorly with a range of problems.
Last week, Chauvin took to the podium during the sentencing phase and gave what most felt was a half-hearted apology to the Floyd family. “ I give my condolences to the Floyd family. There’s going to be some other information in the future that will be of interest, and I hope this will give you some peace of mind,” he said, showing a lack of sincere regret.
Floyd was arrested last May after giving a store clerk a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Three other officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, were involved during Floyd’s arrest but did nothing to stop Chauvin’s egregious behaviors. As a result, those officers will stand trial together on aiding and abetting charges early next year.
Chauvin’s sentence last week was 10 years longer than what the state sentencing guidelines were.