In news just in, Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 and a half years for murdering unarmed Black man George Floyd.
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At today’s sentencing, Judge Peter Cahill handed down the long term to the former Minneapolis police officer.
Back in April, a jury deemed Chauvin culpable for Floyd’s death on May 25 2020, after he knelt on his neck for over 9 minutes.
He was found guilty on all three charges, which were: 2nd-degree murder, 3rd-degree murder, and 2nd-degree manslaughter.
The sentence is the longest ever given to a convicted police officer under such circumstances.
Prior to it behind handed down, tensions were high given that the range for second-degree murder (the most serious conviction) was wide – between 15-30 years.
Ultimately, the judgement factored in the seriousness of his “abuse of trust and authority and the cruelty shown toward George Floyd.”
Speaking at the hearing, 45-year-old Chauvin raised eyebrows when he said:
“I just want to give my condolences to the Floyd family. The will be some information in the future that will be of some interest and give you some peace of mind.”
Earlier the disgraced officer’s mother pled with the judge for her son to not receive a long sentence, describing him as a “quiet, thoughtful, honorable and selfless man.”
Suffice to say, the judge did not agree.
Our thoughts remain with George Floyd’s family.