MINNEAPOLIS: Former Minneapolis police officer, Mr Derek Chauvin faces 22 and half years in prison with 199 days already served.
Earlier this year in a court appearance, Mr Chauvin was found guilty of all counts for taking the life of George Floyd and was convicted of second and third-degree murder.
“We want to thank all those who participated. Today represents an opportunity to be a turning point in America, this is the longest sentence that a police officer has been sentenced to in the history of Minnesota.
“But this cannot be an exception that a black man can be killed by brutality by police, it should be the norm,” Ben Crump, family’s attorney speaking outside the court.
Proceedings to the matter took place today [25, June 2021] where the former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison addition to the 199 days already served.
“Mr Chauvin, rather than pursuing the MPD mission, treated Mr Floyd without respect and denied him the dignity owed to all human beings and which he certainly would have extended to a friend or neighbour,” Judge Peter Cahill writes in his sentencing memo.
However, citizens of the United States of America mostly those involved in the Black Lives Movement (BLM) remain divided with the court’s decision ‘although this has been a step towards justice, it is simply not enough for the life he took’
As they react to sentencing of Mr Chauvin, they feel it’s light ‘he will be eligible for in 15 years’ as they anticipated a sentence of not less than 30 years in jail.
“You can send former police officer Derek Chauvin to jail but it won’t bring back a father. A sibling. A beloved community member. Derek Chauvin deserved much more than 22.5 years, so know: This is just the beginning, NOT end, of our collective journey to justice. #GeorgeFloyd – Naheed Dosani a Health Justice Activist reacted
“22 ½ years isn’t enough to fill the seismic and gigantic crevasse that is dividing this country. Say his name. Say all their names. #GeorgeFloyd- Tiffany Drastic wrote
According to Mapping Police Violence, Police have killed at least 1,129 people since Derek Chauvin murdered Mr Floyd on May 25, 2020.
This is the stats according to Mapping Police Violence:
▪️ Police 3x more likely to kill Black people
▪️ No charges in 98.3% of police killings
▪️ Just 0.3% of police killings lead to convictions