Derek Chauvin was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
*Updated on June 25, 2021, at 3:36 p.m. MT:
Derek Chauvin, 45, has officially been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the 2020 murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted in April on the following charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Before the sentencing, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill expressed his condolences for the family of George Floyd. Cahill said the sentence was "not based on emotion or sympathy."
He continued, "But at the same time I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family. You have our sympathies. It has been painful throughout Hennepin County, throughout the state of Minnesota, and even the country. But most importantly we need to recognize the pain of the Floyd family."
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump has issued a statement:
"This historic sentence brings the Floyd family and our nation one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability. For once, a police officer who wrongly took the life of a Black man was held to account. Day after day, year after year, police kill Black people without consequence. But today, with Chauvin’s sentence, we take a significant step forward – something that was unimaginable a very short time ago."
Floyd's sister, Bridgett Floyd, issued a statement of her own following the sentencing. "The sentence handed down today to the Minneapolis police officer who killed my brother George Floyd shows that matters of police brutality are finally being taken seriously," the statement said. "However, we have a long way to go and many changes to make before Black and Brown people finally feel like they are being treated fairly and humanely by law enforcement in this country ... Our focus at the George Floyd Memorial Foundation will now move to building support to ensure that the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act becomes law and brings with it the hope for the substantive change that we need so desperately in this country."
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