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Black Lives Matter: Ex-cop Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in jail for George Floyd’s murder

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been awarded a 22 and a half year jail sentence for the murder of George Floyd. The prosecutors had demanded a 30-year sentence for the 45-year-old former cop. Chauvin may get parole after serving two-thirds of the jail term for good behaviour.

Notably, Chauvin had pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck, ignoring Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” cries until he eventually stopped moving. Floyd’s death last year had sparked nationwide protests, some violent, and trended on social media with the hashtag ‘Black Lives Matter’.

Chauvin, who has been behind bars since being convicted on three counts of murder and manslaughter two months ago, wore a light grey suit as he learnt his fate following a trial that captivated the world.

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.”

The former cop, who did not testify at his trial, 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.

“But very briefly, though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family. There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest. And I hope things will give you some peace of mind,” he said, without elaborating.

Historic step

The lawyer representing George Floyd’s family called the sentencing a “historic” step towards racial reconciliation in the United States. “(It) brings the Floyd family and our nation one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability,” Ben Crump tweeted.

President Joe Biden said: “I don’t know all the circumstances that were considered but it seems to me, under the guidelines, that seems to be appropriate.” Civil rights activist Al Sharpton said it sent “a message of accountability,” despite being less than what the family wanted.

 

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