Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)
PROSECUTORS SEEK 30-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CHAUVIN IN FLOYD MURDER CASE
Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a US judge to sentence the white former police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man whose death last year sparked nationwide protests, to 30 years in prison.
Attorneys for the Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, countered with a far different request - a sentence of time served and probation, claiming that their client was guilty of “an error made in good faith”.
In court documents sent ahead of the June 25 sentencing hearing, prosecutors in Minnesota called actions by the 45-year-old Chauvin an “egregious abuse” of his position.
“Defendant’s conduct was also particularly cruel,” prosecutors said. They recalled that Judge Peter Cahill had ruled there were four aggravating factors in the case, allowing him to depart from state sentencing guidelines and clearing the path for a tough sentence.
Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on the neck of the 46-year-old Floyd - suspected of using a counterfeit bill - for more than nine minutes until he passed out and died on May 25, 2020, while ignoring the victim’s pleas for air and help.
After a trial lasting several weeks, Chauvin was convicted of murder on April 20 and immediately jailed. The most serious charge that he was convicted of second-degree murder - carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
More than two billion Covid-19 vaccines have been given across the world, according to an AFP tally on Thursday drawn from official sources. The milestone comes six months after the first vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 began.
At least 2,109,696,022 shots have been given in 215 countries and territories, according to the count from an AFP database. Israel, which has led the race from the start, is still out in front, with nearly six in 10 people there fully vaccinated.
It is followed by Canada (59% of the population have had at least one jab), the United Kingdom (58.3%), Chile (56.6%) and the United States (51%).
Six out of 10 of the injections have been administered in the world’s three most populous countries - China (704.8mn doses), the US (296.9mn) and India (221mn). Only six countries haven’t started vaccinating - North Korea, Haiti, Tanzania, Chad, Burundi and Eritrea.
WHO rules out new variant in Vietnam
A Covid-19 variant that Vietnamese authorities had thought was a combination of the variants found in India and the UK, is not a new hybrid but part of the existing strain detected in India, Kidong Park, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Vietnam, told Nikkei newspaper.