George Floyd Death News: Derek Chauvin, a former police officer, was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison on Friday for the murder of George Floyd, whose death in May 2020 ignited the country’s greatest civil rights campaign in decades and shed new light on past injustices throughout the world.
Chauvin, 45, will be effective for just 15 of those years; the rest will be supervised release, assuming good behaviour.
“I’m not basing my decision on what the public thinks. Judge Peter Cahill explained his ruling, which spanned 22 pages, by saying, “I’m not basing it on any attempt to transmit any signals.” “A trial court judge’s role is to apply the law to specific facts and handle individual cases.”
Chauvin Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin, a 19-year member of the Minneapolis police department, was found guilty in April of three charges of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder (unintentional murder induced by use of extraordinarily dangerous conduct), and secondary manslaughter by a jury.
The phrase was deemed suitable by Vice President Joe Biden. “I don’t know all of the conditions that were considered,” he added, “but it appears to be within the standards, which appear to be appropriate.” In May, Biden visited with Floyd’s family at the White House and explored the possibility of naming a policing reform bill after him.
Floyd’s family, including his seven-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd and Chauvin’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty, made impassioned pleadings and counter-appeals, claiming total trust in her son’s innocence.
Chauvin made his first appearance in court. “I’m not able to provide a complete official statement at this time due to certain other legal concerns at hand,” Chauvin added, alluding to pending federal proceedings against him. “However, I’d want to express my heartfelt sympathies to the Floyd family.”
Floyd’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, was pleased with the punishment. “This is the longest sentence ever given to a police officer in the state of Minnesota’s history, but it should not be the exception when a Black person is killed by police violence. It ought to be the standard.”
Floyd’s death under Chauvin’s knee on May 25 last year sparked a wave of protests that quickly turned violent, prompting the National Guard to be deployed across the country, including in Washington, DC, where then-President Donald Trump exacerbated the unrest by attempting to gain political advantage.
Protests under the slogan “Black Lives Matter” quickly spread beyond US borders, resulting in the toppling of a slave-trader statue in Bristol, the targeting of a 150-year-old statue of King Leopold II in Brussels, Belgium for brutalities in Congo, and protests in Australia against the enslavement of its indigenous people.