George Floyd’s murderer sentenced to 22 years jail

The former police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd in the US has been sentenced to more than 22 years behind bars.

“I’m not basing my sentence on public opinion. I am not basing it on any attempt to send any messages,” the judge said.

“This is based on your abuse of a position of trust and authority and also the particularly cruelty shown to George Floyd.”


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It comes two months after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Mr Floyd died in May 2020 after Mr Chauvin kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest.

Video of the incident, in which Mr Floyd could be heard begging for help, sparked outrage across the globe, leading to one of the largest protest movements seen in decades.

Chauvin briefly addressed the court before his sentencing, speaking directly to the Floyd family.

“Due to some additional legal matters at hand, I’m not able to give a full formal statement at this stage,” Chauvin said.

“Very briefly though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family.

“There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest.

“I hope things will give you some peace of mind.”

Earlier, Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna began, appearing in a video recording played for the judge.

“I ask about him all the time,” she said in the video.

“My daddy always used to help me brush my teeth.”

Asked what she would say to him if she could see him again, she said: “It would be I miss you and I love you.”

Two of Mr Floyd’s brother’s also addressed the court, calling for justice.

“My niece, Gianna—she needs closure,” Philonise Floyd said.

“I’m 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. We will never be able to get George back.”

Terrence Floyd spoke directly to Chauvin during his tearful address.

“What was going through your head when you had your knee on my brother’s neck? When you knew that he posed no threat anymore…why didn’t you at least get up?” he said.

Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, also gave an emotional address to the court, calling for her son to be spared.

“My son is a good man,” she said.

“Derek has played over and over in his head the events of that day. I’ve seen the toll it has taken on him

“I believe a lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well.

When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me. I will not be able to see Derek, talk to him on the phone or give him our special hug.

“Plus, when he is released, his father and I will most likely not be here.

“I will do what you told me to do: take care of myself, so I will be here for you when you come home.”

Prosecutors had been asking for a 30-year prison sentence, which would have been double the upper limit indicated in sentencing guidelines for a first-time offender.

The defense had asked for probation after seeking a retrial ahead of an expected appeal.