Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, was sentenced Friday to 22 and a half years in prison, closing a chapter on a case that sparked global outrage and protests. Chauvin was granted credit for time served.
Chauvin was convicted in April of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors had asked that Chauvin receive 30 years in prison. His lawyer sought probation.
Hours before the hearing began, District Judge Peter Cahill denied a request from Chauvin’s attorney for a new trial. Cahill also denied a request to hold a hearing on juror misconduct. The judge told Chauvin that the sentence was not based on public opinion, “emotion or sympathy.” He said he was not trying to “send any messages.”
We have to remember – had it not been for one brave, courageous, and bold little girl —— Derek Chauvin would have never been charged at all. Darnella Frazier is a HERO. Without her, he would be free and still abusing POC. pic.twitter.com/4gWTXo5cNb
— ᒪᗩᑎᑕᗴ 🏳️🌈 (@LanceUSA70) June 25, 2021
“This is based on your abuse of a position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty shown to George Floyd,” Cahill told Chauvin. The judge said he also wanted to “acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family.
The sentencing hearing began with statements from four of George Floyd’s family members. Floyd’s daughter Gianna, his brothers Terrence Floyd and Philonise Floyd, and his nephew Brandon Williams all spoke during the hearing.
22.5 years for a “fake” 20 dollar bill and 9 minutes and 29 seconds of torture.
I don’t think so. #ChauvinSentencing
— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MeganKelleyHall) June 25, 2021
Gianna, who appeared by video, said she asks about her father “all the time” and misses that he is not around to help her brush her teeth at night. I want to play with him, have fun, go on a plane ride,” the 7-year-old said.
BREAKING: George Floyd's daughter Gianna Floyd reads victim impact statement at sentencing of Derek Chauvin.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 25, 2021
Philonise Floyd said that he has begged every day for justice to be served. “George’s life mattered,” he said. “I am asking that you please find it suitable to give Officer Chauvin the maximum sentence possible. My family and I have been given a life sentence.”