background_fid.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
We’re in our Fall Fundraiser and you can help! Support KSMU programming today!

Derek Chauvin Gives A Brief, Cryptic Statement During The Sentencing Hearing

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court Friday as Judge Peter Cahill presides over his sentencing at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court Friday as Judge Peter Cahill presides over his sentencing at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.

Derek Chauvin, wearing a gray suit and tie, spoke briefly in court Friday ahead of his sentencing for George Floyd's murder last year.

Chauvin said he could not give a full formal statement due to some "additional legal matters at hand," possibly a reference to pending federal criminal charges he is also facing in Floyd's death.

"Very briefly though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family," Chauvin said, turning to where some of Floyd's relatives were seated in the courtroom.

He added, cryptically, there would be additional details about the case that Floyd's family may want to hear — without explaining what he meant.

"There's going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest. And I hope things will give you some, some peace of mind. Thank you," Chauvin said.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.