Texas officials move forward on requesting posthumous pardon for George Floyd

Texas officials move forward on requesting posthumous pardon for George Floyd

Judge Cahill, who presided Chauvin's trial, reportedly issued his ruling postponing the state trial during a hearing on Thursday morning.

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".

Children hold signs while people react after the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

It was unknown when Cahill would rule on that motion.

The most serious charge that Chauvin was convicted of - second-degree murder - carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd's neck for about 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man said he couldn't breathe and went motionless. The death, captured on cellphone video, led to protests around the nation and overseas.

© Provided by Associated Press El policía Derek Chauvin, considerado culpable de la muerte de George Floyd, es esposado en el tribunal de Minneapolis el 20 de abril del 2021.

The former officers - Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng - have been charged by the state with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter for their alleged roles in Floyd's May 25 death. However, prosecutors asked for what is called "upward departure", and argued Chauvin abused his authority as an officer and should receive a longer sentence that what would normally be recommended. But Cahill acknowledged concerns about giving them a fair trial, and he noted that jury questionnaires have not yet been sent to potential members of the jury that will hear the state's case.

"We have to be able to listen to even those who are voiceless through their pain", he said.

"The application of justice in this case offers hope that we will see real change in the relationship between police and people of color by holding officers properly accountable for egregious behavior and for failing to honor the sanctity of all lives", the attorneys said in a statement. The first, that Chauvin abused a position of trust and authority.

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

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