Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights.

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Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights.

The former police officer had appeared in federal court to acknowledge that he used excessive force when he pressed his knee on the victim's neck for more than nine minutes in May 2020.

Derek Chauvin, the policeman, convicted last April for the death of African-American citizen George Floyd, has pleaded guilty this Wednesday of violating the victim's civil rights, thus avoiding another judicial process that could extend the sentence of more than 22 years in prison that was imposed on him.

Chauvin had appeared in federal court to acknowledge that he used excessive force when he pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes in May 2020, thus changing his plea of ​​innocence released last September with respect to these charges.

By taking responsibility for these charges, Chauvin makes the possibility of reaching an agreement with prosecutors more viable in an attempt to reduce the 22 and a half years in prison to which he was sentenced and avoid, at worst the cases, life imprisonment.

The Prosecutor's Office has requested this Wednesday that Chauvin be sentenced to a sentence of between 20 and 25 years in federal prison, with five years of supervised probation and without the possibility of returning to work as a police officer. This punishment would be added to the more 22 years in prison already imposed by a court in the state of Minnesota.

At the same time, Chauvin has also pleaded guilty to restricting the civil rights of a fourteen-year-old minor, also African American, in another episode in September 2017, US media report.

Along with Chauvin, three other police officers - Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao - were charged for these events. All three have pleaded not guilty and face a state trial next year on conspiracy charges in murder and manslaughter.

Floyd was arrested in May 2020 outside an establishment for having used a false bill to pay for a pack of cigarettes. He was handcuffed and placed on the ground on his chest during the operation.

Chauvin dug his knee to the victims' neck for nine minutes, despite warnings that he could not breathe. His death, recorded in a video that went around the world, generated a wave of anger at a global level, with mobilizations and marches that sometimes led to riots and put the racism of US institutions on the table again.