Derek Chauvin Sentenced 22.5 Years

by Jan Frazier

Minneapolis, (Washington Insider Magazine) –  On June 25, 2021, the people of Minneapolis came together in the area where George Floyd had been killed. The people waited to hear of the sentencing of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.

The sentence was rendered on Friday, June 25, as to Derek Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd – 22 and a half years in prison.

Hennepin County Judge, Peter Cahill, “cited the ex-officers abuse of a position of trust and authority and particular cruelty to Floyd, but cautioned that his decision wasn’t based on emotion, sympathy, public opinion or an attempt to send a message.”

Floyd’s family was hoping for a maximum penalty. Terrence Floyd, one of George Floyd’s brothers, said, ”We don’t wanna see no more slaps on the wrist. We have been through that already… if it was us, if the roles were reversed, there wouldn’t be any case. It would’ve been open and shut.”

Polonaise Floyd, another brother of George Floyd, pleaded, “I stand before you today, asking you to please help us find closure by giving Chauvin the maximum sentence possible.”

In May 2020, Chauvin had put his knee “on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine and a half minutes after police responded to a call about a possible counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.”

In April, Chauvin was “convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.” With these charges, there was a maximum of 40 years behind bars. Gianna, the 7-year-old daughter of Floyd, continually says about her father, “I miss you, and I love you.”

Matthew Frank, Minnesota’s assistant attorney general, said that the state needed to look at four aggravating factors in Floyd’s death: “abuse of a position of trust and authority, treating Floyd with particular cruelty, the presence of children during the offense, and the offense being committed with three or more” police officers present.


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