Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced on June 25 to 22.5 years for the murder of George Floyd, a death that touched off outrage both in the United States as well as internationally.
Chauvin showed no reaction as the verdict was announced by Judge Peter Cahill.Reaction outside the courthouse, where about a hundred people gathered was muted at first, then turned a little more hostile.
He could have been sentenced to as many as 40 years in prison and the prosecution had requested 30 years.
Floyd family attorney, Benjamin Crump, said the sentence was “historic,” the longest prison sentence ever for a Minnesota police officer, and that it would bring the nation “one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability.”The sentencing was emotional at times.
Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter, in a videotaped interview, spoke of missing her father and the games they played together.