Minnesota prosecutors have asked a judge to give Derek Chauvin a harsher prison sentence than what state guidelines recommend — arguing that the convicted ex-cop treated George Floyd “with particular cruelty.”
In paperwork filed Friday, prosecutors made their case for an aggravated sentence, arguing that Floyd was left particularly vulnerable when he was pinned down by Chauvin for more than nine minutes on May 25 with his hands cuffed behind his back.
“Defendant continued to maintain his position atop Mr. Floyd even as Mr. Floyd cried out that he was in pain, even as Mr. Floyd exclaimed 27 times that he could not breathe, and even as Mr. Floyd said that Defendant’s actions were killing him,” the court documents state.
Prosecutors also argued that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer, and that his treatment of Floyd was exceptionally cruel.
“Defendant thus did not just inflict physical pain. He caused Mr. Floyd psychological distress during the final moments