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3 May, 7 tweets, 1 min read
Re #ChauvinSentencing the state just filed a memorandum detailing its arguments for an aggravated sentence.
Their reasons:
1. George Floyd was a particularly vulnerable victim bc he was in a vulnerable position on the ground.
He was also in a "vulnerable medical state" given his pleas, then lack of responsiveness, then lack of pulse. Also, his intoxication made him vulnerable (state maintained that thru trial, btw, that intoxication is not always a threat but can be a vulnerability, as was true here)
2. George Floyd was treated with particular cruelty. I anticipated this one. For this factor, the state emphasizes Floyd's pleas for help, the length of time Chauvin maintained his position, and the physical injuries. Also chauvin's refusal to render aid.
3. Chauvin abused his position of authority. For this factor the state argues that Chauvin betrayed the position of public trust that police officers have. State references the MPD Motto and testimony of Chief Arradondo, Jody Stiger, and Lt. Zimmerman.
4. Chauvin committed the crime with 3 or more persons who actively participated. This is an aggravating sentencing factor, and state argues Chauvin acted in concert with Kueng, Lane, and Thao.
5. Finally, Chauvin committed the crime in the presence of children. As we know multiple (4) minors witnessed the murder, including one 9 year old.

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3 May
Defense also filed a memo opposing the upward sentencing departure.
Defense basically argued the exact opposite. Says Floyd was not particularly vulnerable bc he was over six feet tall, muscular, and weighed over 200 lbs; was able to prevent two officers from putting him in the squad; and "continued to struggle" on the ground. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Sigh
Defense compares this case to others where the victims were sleeping or were children, saying that is not the situation here.
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