The mother of the former Minneapolis police officer being sentenced in George Floyd’s death told the judge that her son is a “quiet, thoughtful, honorable and selfless man” who should not receive a lengthy sentence. Carolyn Pawlenty made the statement in court Friday before her son, Derek Chauvin, heard his sentence on a second-degree murder charge. She didn’t mention Floyd by name. She told Judge Peter Cahill that Chauvin “has a big heart” and said she objected to her son’s identity being “reduced to that of a racist.”
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