Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22.5 years in jail over the murder of African American George Floyd.
Back in April, Derek Chauvin was found guilty by a jury for second degree manslaughter, unintentional second degree murder and third degree murder in what was to be history in the making in America.
Before sentencing, the 45-year-old former officer sent his condolences to the family of George Floyd but did not apologize over the incident prompting the judge to offer a lesser sentence than the initial 30-year jail term.
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The Judge noted that the former officer abused his position of trust and authority in addition to cruelty against George Floyd. It was an intense session as statements from both George Floyd’s daughter and Chauvin’s mother were heard before the court.
Ben Crump, the lawyer in-charge of Floyd’s family termed the ruling as a historic and a step closer to healing for the family.
“22.5 YEARS! This historic sentence brings the Floyd family and our nation one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability.” Said Ben Crump
Welcoming the judgement was President Joe Biden who termed it as appropriate given the factors that were considered by the court.