Under Minnesota law, Chauvin faces sentencing for the most serious crime he was convicted of, second-degree murder.
"The renewed movement for racial justice and healing that began in the streets of Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd, and quickly spread throughout the country and around the world, has inspired a deeper awakening to the ways systemic racism form the very foundations of the institutions they make up our common life, including our church", said Loya in a press release issued by the Diocese of MI, whose bishop helped organize the service.
Cahill postponed the trial from August 2021 to March 2022, the Wall Street Journal and other news media reported.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Chauvin's high-profile trial, ruled that several "aggravating" factors would allow him to depart from Minnesota state sentencing guidelines.
Cahill will announce the sentence he decides on June 25.More news: Biden spoke to Netanyahu, believes Gaza conflict will conclude soon
White ex-officer Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April of murdering African American Floyd past year in a case that prompted a national reckoning on racial injustice and police brutality. Under Minnesota guidelines, he would have faced at least 12 years for second-degree murder.
"The slow death of George Floyd occurring over approximately six minutes of his positional asphyxia was particularly cruel in that Mr. Floyd was begging for his life and obviously terrified by the knowledge that he was likely to die but during which the defendant objectively remained indifferent to Mr. Floyd's pleas", Cahill wrote.
Thirdly, Cahill ruled there were children present during the offense and that this was an aggravating factor.
But Cahill said one of the other officers twice checked Floyd's pulse and told Chauvin he detected none, while another officer suggested rolling Floyd to his side and said he was passing out.
Eric Nelson, Chauvin's attorney, did not respond to a request for comment.More news: European Union doesn’t renew order for AstraZeneca vaccine
Dual prosecutions at both the state and federal level are permitted in the United States but are relatively rare, highlighting the importance of this case, which sparked a massive wave of national demonstrations last summer. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
The judge rejected a fifth point stating that Floyd was considered "particularly vulnerable".
The judge's new ruling came after two major developments in the case.
Nelson also argued Floyd was not treated with particular cruelty, saying that there is no evidence that the assault perpetrated by Chauvin involved gratuitous pain that's not usually associated with second-degree murder.More news: Man shot to death at Vancouver airport was subject of public warning