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Just over a year after his role in the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin has learned his fate.
Chauvin, who was at the time an officer with the Minneapolis police department, was seen on video kneeling on the neck of the aforementioned Floyd for nearly 9 minutes preceding his death, all while Floyd pleaded with Chauvin and bystanders about his trouble breathing.
Weeks ago, Chauvin was convicted of murder in the case, and has been sentenced to spend over 22 years behind bars.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin received a 270-month prison sentence Friday for second-degree unintentional murder in the death of George Floyd last summer.
Minnesota District Court Judge Peter Cahill said a 22-page sentencing memorandum would explain his reasoning on the sentence in greater detail.
“Most of it’s going to be in writing, 22-page memorandum – to emphasize the fact that determining the appropriate sentence in any case and in this case is a legal analysis,” he said. “It’s applying the rule of law to the facts of an individual and specific case. As opposed to trying to be profound here on the record, I prefer you read the legal analysis.”
He added that the sentence was not motivated by “public opinion,” “emotion or sympathy” and granted Chauvin credit for 199 days in time already served.
“I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family,” Cahill said. “You have our sympathies, and I acknowledge and hear the pain that you are feeling. I acknowledge the pain not only of those in this courtroom, but the Floyd family outside this courtroom and other members of the community.”
Floyd’s death sparked a national racial reckoning for the United States, and prompted protests not only in America, but far abroad as well.
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