GEORGE FLOYD CASE: Police Officer Derek Chauvin Sentenced for Murder


Derek Chauvin Sentenced for the Murder of George Floyd

45-year-old Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of all charges in April for the murder of George Floyd which happened during an arrest by the Minneapolis police department, has been sentenced. His sentence amounts to 22 years and six months.

George Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died after the white officer knelt on his neck and back for too long, even while he famously cried, “I can’t breathe. Floyd’s death sparked a lot of protests against racism and police brutality in the US.

Chauvin has already been fired from the police force because of the murder. Now, his charges in court amount to: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The Hennepin County Judge, Peter Cahill, on Friday, insisted that his decision was based on the law, not emotion or public opinion. He added that, aggravating factors, including what he called Chauvin’s egregious abuse of his authority and particular cruelty in his treatment of George Floyd, had led him to impose 10 years beyond the 12 ½ year presumptive sentence.

Derek Chauvin and the 3 other officers involved in the case are expected to be arraigned on the federal charges in September. The 3 other officers, themselves charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin in the killing, also face a state trial.

Do you think that Chauvin’s trial will lead to significant changes in policing in the U.S.?

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