Attorney General Ellison: Federal prosecution of Derek Chauvin 'appropriate and right'
‘Thoughts are with the victims’ as Chauvin sentenced to 245 months for depriving George Floyd and Jonathan Pope of their civil rights
July 8, 2022
JULY 7, 2022 (SAINT PAUL) — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced today to 245 months (20 years and 5 months) in prison for depriving George Floyd and Jonathan Pope of their civil rights. Chauvin pled guilty to these charges in December 2021. In response, Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison — who led the prosecution that led to Chauvin’s April 2021 conviction in state court on charges of 2nd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter for the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd — issued the following statement:
Derek Chauvin’s substantial federal sentence of 245 months for depriving George Floyd and Jonathan Pope of their civil rights is another step of accountability on the road to justice. Today my thoughts are with the victims of these crimes, as they always are.
I especially want to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice for pursuing justice wherever it led, under difficult conditions. Federal prosecutors took this case because it was not a typical crime: it was an intentional deprivation of life and liberty that is criminal under federal law, so it was appropriate and right that they stepped in. In obtaining this conviction and sentence, they sent a message to Minnesotans, all Americans, and law-enforcement agencies around the country that crime like this will not be tolerated and that we must do better.