Ex US Cop Sentenced To 22.5 Years For George Floyd’s Murder

 

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.

George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee, led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the US in generations.
The punishment handed out Friday and it fell short of 30 years which was being clamoured by prosecutors in the court.
In its judgement, the court said that Chauvin, 45, could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years if his behaviour remains good.


Former police Officer Derek Chauvin broke his long courtroom silence Friday as he faced sentencing for the murder of George Floyd, offering condolences to Floyd’s family and saying he hopes more information coming out will give them “some peace of mind, reports India Today adding that Chauvin, who did not testify at his trial, removed his COVID-19 and turned toward the Floyd family, speaking only briefly because of what he called “some additional legal matters at hand” — an apparent reference to the federal civil rights trial he still faces.

He, however, very briefly, said that he does want to give his condolences to the Floyd family. There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest.

According to the case, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, while being arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. During the arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds after he was handcuffed and lying face down.

Two other police officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane assisted Chauvin in restraining Floyd. A fourth police officer, Tou Thao, prevented bystanders from interfering. After being restrained he became more distressed, complaining of breathing difficulties and the knee on his neck, and expressing fear of imminent death.

After several minutes, Floyd stopped speaking. For a further two minutes, he lay motionless and Officer Kueng found no pulse when urged to check. Despite this, Chauvin ignored pleas from bystanders to lift his knee until told to do so by paramedics.
Floyd’s murder led to worldwide protests against police brutality, police racism, and lack of police accountability.

Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson called Floyd’s death “tragic,” and that Chauvin’s “brain is littered with what-ifs” from the day: “What if I just did not agree to go in that day? What if things had gone differently? What if I never responded to that call? What if what if what if?”
Floyd’s family members took the stand and expressed sorrow about his death. They asked for the maximum penalty.

“We don’t want to see no more slaps on the wrist. We’ve been through that already,” said a tearful Terrence Floyd, one of Floyd’s brothers.

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