- Derek Chauvin’s mother said in court that her son’s identity “has been reduced to that of a racist.”
- Carolyn Pawlenty addressed the court on Friday, telling the judge that her son is “a good man.”
- Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
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Derek Chauvin’s mother spoke publicly for the first time on Friday at her son’s sentencing, telling the judge that she did not believe “a lengthy sentence will serve” him well.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in April for killing George Floyd in May 2020 in Minneapolis.
Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, gave her statement after George Floyd’s family delivered similar statements.
Pawlenty did not address Floyd’s death or his family.
“Even though I have not spoken publicly, I have always supported him and always will,” Pawlenty said.
She highlighted her son’s 19 years with the Minneapolis Police Department and spoke directly to him at one point.
“Derek, my happiest moment is when I gave birth to you, and my second is when I was honored to pin your police badge on you,” she said.
Pawlenty also lamented that her son’s “identity has been reduced to that of a racist.”
“I want this court to know that none of these things are true and that my son is a good man,” she said.
She told her son that she “always believed in your innocence and … will never waiver from that.”
Pawlenty asked the judge for leniency in her son’s sentencing, telling the courtroom that Chauvin “has played over and over in his head the events of that day.”
Through tears, she said she would not be able to talk to her son on the phone or give him a “special hug,” adding that she and Chauvin’s father “will most likely not be here” when he is released.
“When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me,” Pawlenty said.
Chauvin faces decades in prison over the murder of Floyd. A sentencing decision is expected Friday afternoon.