(Minneapolis, MN)  —  Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to civil rights violations.  Chauvin entered the plea yesterday morning in St. Paul, telling a judge he abused his power to deprive George Floyd and a previous 14-year-old victim of their constitutional rights to be free from “unreasonable force.”  The former officer pinned both down with his knee to their necks in separate instances several years apart.  Floyd’s May 2020 killing drew national attention and set off rioting and demonstrations across the nation.  Chauvin is already serving over 22 years for murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.