crime and punishment

Derek Chauvin gives his condolences to George Floyd’s family

Derek Chauvin (©Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)
Derek Chauvin (©Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

Derek Michael Chauvin, 45, delivered a short speech in court in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States before his sentencing on June 25, 2021. On April 20, 2021, he was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd‘s death on May 25, 2020.

Wearing a gray suit and tie, Chauvin said he could not give a full formal statement because of some additional legal matters at hand. He turned where some of Floyd’s relatives were seated in the courtroom and said, “Very briefly though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family.”

The former Minneapolis Police Department officer added that there would be more details about the case that Floyd’s family may want to hear but he did not explain what he meant. He said, “There’s gonna be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind.”

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Chauvin appeared in court with his mother Carolyn Marie Pawlenty, 73, who pleaded with Judge Peter Cahill for leniency. She told the judge, “When you sentence him, you will also be sentencing me.”

“I won’t be able to see him or give him our special hug,” Pawlenty continued. “When he is released, his father and I most likely won’t be here.”

Pawlenty divorced Chauvin’s father Robert Michael Chauvin, 74, in 1984. After the divorce, Pawlenty married Leroy Jerome Pawlenty Jr. while Robert married Debra Chauvin.

Derek married Kellie Xiong Chauvin, 47, in June 2010. She separated from him three days after Floyd’s death and they later divorced.

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