The former policeman convicted of the death of African-American George Floyd was sentenced to 22 and a half years of stomping. The penalty was known this Friday.
Prosecutors were asking Derek Chauvin for a sentence of more than 30 years to reflect the seriousness of the situation in which the agent abused his power of authority, but Chauvin’s defense attorneys were calling for parole.
The former police officer was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and aggravated murder for pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for about nine and a half minutes, while the African-American complained that he did not could breathe.
In May, Judge Peter Cahill – who pronounced the sentence this Friday – ruled that there were aggravating factors in the death of African-American George Floyd, paving the way for the possibility of a longer sentence, considering that Chauvin abused his authority as police officer. He also accused him of having treated Floyd with particular cruelty.
In Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Terrence Floyd, the victim’s brother, was one of the family members to testify. Holding back tears, he said he had a question to ask his own ex-policeman: “Why? What was going through your mind when you put your knee on my brother’s neck?”
George Floyd was asphyxiated while under police escort on May 25, 2020.
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