Derek Chauvin gets 22.5 years sentence for George Floyd murder

Derek Chauvin sentenced to over 22 years
Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd in April. Source: Reuters
2 Min Read

Daily US Times: The former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin convicted of murdering George Floyd, an African-American man, in Minneapolis in May 2020 has been sentenced to 22 years and six months in jail.

The judge said that Mr Chauvin’s sentence was based “on your abuse of a position of trust and authority, and also the particular cruelty shown” to Mr Floyd.

The 48-year-old Mr Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes.

His murder caused nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.

Last month, Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges. His lawyer described the killin during the trial g as “an error made in good faith”.

Derek Chauvin was barred from owning firearms for life and he was also told to register as a predatory offender.

He and three other former police officers are separately charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

George Floyd’s family and their supporters welcomed the sentence.

Lawyer Ben Crump tweeted: “This historic sentence brings the Floyd family and our nation one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability,”

Bridgett Floyd, the sister of Mr Floyd, said the sentence “shows that matters of police brutality are finally being taken seriously” but there was still “a long way to go”.

President Biden said the sentence “seemed to be appropriate” but admitted that he did not know all the details.

During the sentencing hearing, Mr Floyd’s brother Terrence Floyd demanded the maximum sentence available, a sentence of 40 years.

You may read: Teen who filmed George Floyd’s murder given Pulitzer award