Attorney General of Minnesota is encouraging individuals to submit an online “impact statement” on how the death of George Floyd has affected them
This comes shortly before Chauvin is to be sentenced in the death of George Floyd
Individuals submitting an impact statement don’t have to be residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, or the country
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is encouraging individuals to write an “impact statement” on how Derek Chauvin’s actions have affected them, several days before Chauvin is to be sentenced. On the online application, individuals must select whether they reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the United States, or outside of the country.
The “Community Impact Statement” on Ellison’s page states, “On June 25, 2021, Derek Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced in the above-entitled case related to the murder of George Floyd. Minnesota Statutes provide that, at the time of sentencing, a representative of the community affected by the crime may submit an impact statement.”
“A ‘community impact statement’ is a statement from a community member which describes the adverse social or economic effects the offense has had on person residing and businesses operating in the community where the offense occurred.”
It continues to say that statements may become a part of public record as they are given to the defense and court.
The application requires a first and last name, and to select where you reside. Options for residence include Minneapolis, Minnesota (Not Minneapolis), United States (Not Minnesota), and Outside the United States.
It then states, “Impact statement: Please provide a statement addressed to the court regarding how Mr. Chauvin’s offenses have had a social or economic impact on your life, family community, etc.” Below is an area where you can provide your testimonial.
The deadline for submitting these statements is Thursday the 24th, the day before Chauvin will be sentenced.
A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office stated, “It is not common to facilitate the submission of community-impact statements in this way, but this is not a common case.”
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter back in April for the death of George Floyd who died in May 2020. Prosecutors are pushing for a harsher sentence for Chauvin because of “aggravating factors.”
Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson has requested a new trial and a dismissal of all guilty charges due to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and a tainted jury which prevented his client from receiving a fair trial.