Derek Chauvin sentencing LIVE: Cop’s mom claims he's INNOCENT – as George Floyd's daughter says she misses her dad

DEREK Chauvin's mom said he is a "good man and believes in his innocence" over George Floyd's death.

It came after 7-year-old Gianna Floyd spoke and described how she misses her dad and loves him.

The former Minneapolis cop is set to be sentenced on Friday afternoon, just weeks after he was found guilty of all charges against him.

Carolyn Pawlenty, Derek Chauvin’s mom, spoke in court ahead of the decision, telling the judge "my son is a good man."

"The public will never know the loving and caring man he is, but his family does," she insisted, before adding that a "lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well."

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as he said "I can't breathe" and went limp.

Earlier on today, Chauvin's attorney requested a new trial after it was reported that one of the jurors on the case attended an anti-police protest last summer, but Judge Peter Cahill has refused to grant the request.

Attorney Eric Nelson requested the trial on the grounds of: "the interest of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law."

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  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    CHAUVIN APPEARED EMOTIONLESS DURING SENTENCING

    Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of the murder of George Floyd and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison, appeared to remain emotionless while the judge read his sentence.

    "What this case is based on is not emotion or sympathy," Judge Cahill said. "But at the same time I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family.

    "You have our sympathies, and I acknowledge and hear the pain that you are feeling."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    NEARLY HALF OF HENNEPIN COUNTY REPUBLICANS SAY TRIAL REACHED 'WRONG VERDICT'

    a total of 46 percent of respondents to the CBS poll who identified as Republican said the Hennepin County jury reached the "wrong verdict".

    Among all respondents, 75 percent said the jury reached the right verdict.

    The 25 percent of Americans who said they believe the jury reached the wrong verdict also said they strongly disagree with the ideas of the Black Lives Matter movement, CBS News reported.

    The survey was conducted by YouGov among 2,527 residents in the U.S. interviewed between April 21 and April 24.

    The margin of error of is 2.3 percentage points. 

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BREAKING: DEREK CHAUVIN SENTENCED TO 22.5 YEARS

    Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.

    It came hours after the judge denied a request from Chauvin's lawyer for a new trial.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    GEORGE FLOYD'S BROTHER SPEAKS AT HEARING

    The brother of George Floyd, Philonise Floyd, spoke today at Derek Chauvin's sentencing.

    "My niece Gianna, she needs closure. I'm asking that you please find it suitable to give Officer Chauvin the maximum sentence possible that he has been found guilty for," he said as he wiped away tears.

    Chauvin is set to be sentenced today for killing George Floyd and the disgraced cop faces 40 years in jail over the murder that outraged the world.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    MEDICAL EXPERT WHO TESTIFIED FOR CHAUVIN FACES PROBE

    Dr David Fowler's post mortem reports during his tenure as Maryland’s chief medical officer are expected to be scrutinized after he testified that George Floyd did not die of asphyxia but rather a "sudden cardiac arrhythmia," according to The Baltimore Sun.

    “We agree that it is appropriate for independent experts to review reports issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) regarding deaths in custody," a spokeswoman for Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement to the Baltimore Sun. 

    The probe would take a close look at all "deaths in custody from 2003 to 2020" when Fowler was at the helm. 

  • Mollie Mansfield

    CHAUVIN SPEAKS OUT IN COURT

    Derek Chauvin addressed the court room on Friday afternoon.

    "At this time due to some additional legal matters at hand I'm not able to give a full statement at this time, but very briefly though I want to send my condolences to the Floyd family," he said.

    "There's going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    PROTESTERS CAN BE SEEN OUTSIDE COURT

    Photographs showed protesters waiting outside of the courtroom where Derek Chauvin was being sentenced.

    The former cop is set to be sentenced this afternoon.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    DEFENSE COUNSEL SPEAKS

    Derek Chauvin's attorney, Eric J Nelson, spoke to the court on Friday ahead of his client's sentencing.

    "This case is at the epicenter of a cultural and political divide," Nelson said.

    "We recognize what has happened as a result of this case." he said, discussing the huge Black Lives Matter that erupted following Floyd's death.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    CHAUVIN'S MOM ADDRESSES FORMER COP

    Carolyn Pawlenty, Derek Chauvin’s mom, spoke in court on Friday.

    "No matter where you go, where you are, I will always be there to visit you.

    "I promise you I will stay strong, as we talked about, and I want you to do the same for me."

    "Remember there is no stronger bond than a mother's love," hshe said.

    "Remember you are my favorite son," she said before thanking the judge for his time.

    Chauvin looked upset as his mom spoke to him

     

  • Mollie Mansfield

    'A LENGTHY SENTENCE WILL NOT SERVE DEREK WELL,' CHAUVIN'S MOM SAID

    Derek Chauvin's mom was reduced to tears on Friday when she spoke in court.

    "The public will never know the loving and caring man he is, but his family does," his mother said.

    "I've always supported him 100 percent in all his trials, Derek has played over and over in his head the vents on that day. I've seen the toll it has taken on him, I believe a lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well. When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    CHAUVIN'S MOM SPEAKS IN COURT

    Carolyn Pawlenty, Derek Chauvin's mom, spoke in court on Friday.

    She appeared to break down in tears as she began speaking and Chauvin was seen looking at his mother.

    "My son is a good man," she said. "Derek always dedicated his life and time to the police department, even on his days off, he would call in to see if they needed help."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    PUBLIC WANT TO SEE 'TOUGH' SENTENCE

    Several people interviewed in Minneapolis before Chauvin’s sentencing said they wanted to see a tough sentence.

    Thirty years “doesn’t seem like long enough to me,” said Andrew Harer, a retail worker who is white. “I would be fine if he was in jail for the rest of his life.”

    Joseph Allen, 31, who is Black, said he would like to see Chauvin get a life sentence, adding that he hopes other police officers learn “not to do what Derek Chauvin did.”

  • Mollie Mansfield

    COULD RECEIVE HEAVIER CHARGE

    Minnesota sentencing guidelines called for 12 1/2 years, but Judge Peter Cahill agreed with prosecutors ahead of Friday’s proceedings that there were aggravating circumstances that could justify a heavier punishment — among them, that Chauvin treated Floyd with particular cruelty, abused his position of authority as a police officer and did it in front of children.

    Prosecutors asked for 30 years, saying Chauvin’s actions were egregious and “shocked the nation’s conscience.”

    The defense requested probation, saying Chauvin was the product of a “broken” system and “believed he was doing his job.”

  • Mollie Mansfield

    CHAVUIN'S ATTORNEY ASKED FOR A NEW TRIAL

    Chauvin's sentencing comes just hours after Chauvin's attorney requested a new trial after it was reported that one of the jurors on the case attended an anti-police protest last summer, but Judge Peter Cahill has refused to grant the request.

    Attorney Eric Nelson requested the trial on the grounds of: “the interest of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”

  • Mollie Mansfield

    WHAT COULD DEREK CHAUVIN'S SENTENCE BE?

    Chauvin, 45, faces a potential decadeslong sentence, with some legal experts predicting 20 to 25 years.

    He is also awaiting trial on federal civil rights charges in Floyd’s death, along with three other fired officers who have yet to have their state trials.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    PROSECUTOR MAKES SENTENCING ARGUMENT

    Prosecutor Matthew Frank made his sentencing argument in front of the court room on Friday afternoon.

    "Being a police officer is a difficult job, we ask a lot of them," he said. "Most officers get it right."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    GEORGE FLOYD'S NEPHEW ASKS FOR FULL SENTENCE

    George Floyd's nephew spoke in court to ask for the maximum sentence for Derek Chauvin.

    "One thing we can never get back is George Floyd," he said.

    "It is the request of my family that the maximum penalty for the crime for which the defendant was convicted be imposed."

    You can watch the video below:

  • Mollie Mansfield

    TERRENCE FLOYD QUESTIONS DEREK CHAUVIN

    George Floyd's brother, Terrence, questioned why Derek Chauvin killed his brother during a sentencing hearing on Friday afternoon.

    You can watch the footage here:

  • Mollie Mansfield

    PHILONISE SAID FAMILY 'GIVEN A LIFE SENTENCE'

    George Floyd's brother, Philonise, provided a victim sentence in court on Friday afternoon.

    "My family and I have been given a life sentence. We will never be able to get George back," he said.

    Floyd's family are hoping that Chauvin receives the maximum sentence possible.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    CHAUVIN SHOWS NO EMOTION

    Derek Chauvin showed no emotion while he was sat in court.

    His mouth was covered by a coronavirus face mask, with his eyes just darting around the room.

    Chauvin appeared to face those who made a statement, but showed little emotion.

    Chauvin showed little emotion
  • Mollie Mansfield

    VIDEO OF GIANNA FLOYD SPEAKING IN COURT

    Gianna Floyd, George's seven-year-old daughter, spoke out in court via video statement.

    You can watch the footage below:

  • Mollie Mansfield

    PHILONISE SPEAKS OUT

    "One year ago, May 25th, my brother George was murdered by Derek Chauvin and his co-dependents in broad daylight," the brother said, while he began to wipe his eyes with a tissue.

    "Every day I have begged for justice to be served," he said.

    "I haven't had a real night's sleep because of the nightmares I've constantly had."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    TERRENCE FLOYD SPEAKS AT THE COURT HEARING

    George Floyd's brother, Terrence, spoke to the court room on Friday afternoon.

    Terrence said: "I want to know from the man himself, why? What were you thinking? When you had your knee on my brother's neck?"

    Chauvin showed little emotion, wish his eyes just darting around the room, as Terrence began to break down in tears.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    FLOYD'S FAMILY ASK FOR MAXIMUM SENTENCE

    George Floyd's family issued a statement in court, asking for Derek Chauvin to receive the maximum sentence.

    Chauvin, 45, faces a potential decadeslong sentence, with some legal experts predicting 20 to 25 years.

    He is also awaiting trial on federal civil rights charges in Floyd’s death, along with three other fired officers who have yet to have their state trials.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    VIDEO OF GEORGE FLOYD'S DAUGHTER PLAYED IN COURT

    The late George Floyd's daughter, Gianna, issued a statement via video to the court.

    She said that she wished her dad was still alive. "I miss him all the time," the seven-year-old girl said.

    Derek Chauvin was sat in court while the video was played out.

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