Derek Chauvin gets 22.5 years for murder of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes during his fatal arrest on May 25, has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in April. He has been in custody since the guilty verdict.

The prosecution had asked the judge to impose a sentence of 30 years. But according to the Insider, Chauvin’s defense argued in a motion that he should only face probation and time served, saying cops have shorter life spans than the average person. 

Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while he was being arrested in Minneapolis on 25 May. Throughout the recorded ordeal, Floyd could be heard crying for his mother, and telling the police officer that he can’t breathe.

Floyd’s death has sparked anti police brutality protests in all 50 states in America, and even around the world.