Judge postpones trial for three ex-cops in George Floyd case


In a six-page ruling dated Tuesday, District Court Judge Peter Cahill found that prosecutors had shown there were four aggravating factors in the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man.

The judge said Floyd was treated by Chauvin with "particular cruelty".

Even with the aggravating factors, legal experts have said, Chauvin, 45, is unlikely to get more than 30 years when he is sentenced June 25. Floyd's death, captured on widely seen bystander video, set off demonstrations around the United States and beyond as protesters demanded changes in policing.

"The renewed movement for racial justice and healing that began in the streets of Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd, and quickly spread throughout the country and around the world, has inspired a deeper awakening to the ways systemic racism form the very foundations of the institutions they make up our common life, including our church", said Loya in a press release issued by the Diocese of MI, whose bishop helped organize the service. Statutes in Minnesota, per the Associated Press, require that Chauvin be sentenced on only the most serious of the charges, with state guidelines showing he could have been sentenced to up to 15 years.

On 20 April, Chauvin was found guilty of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd. Under Minnesota guidelines, he would have faced at least 12 years for second-degree murder.

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Cahill, who presided over the trial, will also sentence Chauvin.

But Cahill said one of the other officers twice checked Floyd's pulse and told Chauvin he detected none, while another officer suggested rolling Floyd to his side and said he was passing out.

While Cahill accepted most of the prosecution's arguments that aggravating circumstances were present, he rejected one of them, finding that lawyers for the state had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Floyd was "particularly vulnerable". The first, that Chauvin abused a position of trust and authority.

Eric Nelson, Chauvin's attorney, did not respond to a request for comment. He also argued that the verdict was contrary to the law. A federal grand jury said the officers had "willfully deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitution rights" during the arrest, with Chauvin also confirmed to be facing a separate indictment over a violent 2017 incident during which he allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old "by the throat". If convicted on those charges, which were unsealed Friday, a federal sentence would be served at the same time as Chauvin's state sentence.