Published on The Voice Newspaper on 25th June 2021
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, seen here in an April 21 booking photo, may face a longer sentence after Judge Peter Cahill found aggravating factors in the case. Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP
Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.
Chauvin, a white former police officer in Minneapolis was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April following an emotional and tense trial in Minneapolis.
The guilty verdict on all three charges against Chauvin came nearly a year after he impassively kneeled on the neck and back of Floyd, handcuffed and lying on the street, for over 9 minutes.
Chauvin has remained in jail since he was convicted – the first time a police officer in the state of Minneapolis has been convicted of killing a black man.