Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for the murder of black George Floyd in the US. Chauvin had pressed Floyd’s neck with his knee, due to which he died of suffocation.
Minneapolis (USA). Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for the murder of black George Floyd in the US. Chauvin had pressed Floyd’s neck with his knee, due to which he died of suffocation. After this incident, there was the biggest movement against racial discrimination in America. The decision came at a time when after nearly a year of silence, Chauvin offered condolences to Floyd’s family and expressed hope that he would finally “get some peace of mind.” This is the longest prison sentence ever awarded to the officer.
However, Floyd’s family and others are still dismayed as prosecutors requested a 30-year sentence for Chauvin for the crime. On good behavior, Chauvin, 45, could be released on parole after completing two-thirds of his sentence or spending nearly 15 years in prison. Minneapolis protest leader Nekima Levi Armstrong said, “Just having a longer sentence is not enough.” Judge Peter Cahill, exceeding the state’s guidelines, sentenced him to 12 years and six months in prison, and Chauvin was found guilty of abuse of his authority and position and of cruelty to Floyd.
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Ben Crump, a lawyer for Floyd’s family, said the family expects Chauvin to face the maximum sentence during an upcoming federal civil rights hearing. He said it was the longest sentence ever received by a police officer in Minnesota. “But real justice will only happen if black men and women in America no longer fear being killed by the police simply on the basis of color,” he said.
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