Sentencing Derek Chauvin: The Rule of Law Should Control

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After the guilty verdicts in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, the next court proceeding will be the sentencing hearing. Judge Peter Cahill will determine what criminal penalty is appropriate for Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd.   In documents filed May 12, 2021, Judge Cahill announced his conclusion that Derek Chauvin’s actions support four aggravating sentencing factors in causing the death of George Floyd. Many are demanding and … Continue reading Sentencing Derek Chauvin: The Rule of Law Should Control

Using the Recent Universal Periodic Review as a Framework for Accountability for Excessive Use of Force by Police in the United States

In the recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the Human Right Council, the United States received thirty recommendations from countries around the world calling for it to address excessive use of force by police. Many issues around officer-involved killings in the United States fall squarely within international law prohibiting excessive use of force. The Department … Continue reading Using the Recent Universal Periodic Review as a Framework for Accountability for Excessive Use of Force by Police in the United States

Police Use of Force Laws: Minnesota Falls Short

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Today, a Minnesota court will hear several significant motions in the cases against Derek Chavin and the three other former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd. Among the matters Judge Peter Cahill will consider in the September 11 hearing are the state’s motion for a joint trial of all defendants and … Continue reading Police Use of Force Laws: Minnesota Falls Short