[Ed. – I’ve always thought (J.E.) that Chauvin should be punished for his apparent callous disregard for Floyd’s life. The sentence appears excessive for non-capital murder, given the standards of recent decades. Chauvin spoke before the sentence was pronounced of information that would be coming out soon, which has sparked a speculative frenzy on social media. We may or may not have heard the end of this.]
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations.
The punishment — which came after Chauvin broke his yearlong silence to offer condolences to the Floyd family and express hope that they eventually have “some peace of mind” — is one of the longest prison terms ever imposed on a U.S. police officer in the killing of a Black person.
Still, Floyd family members and others were disappointed. The sentence fell short of the 30 years prosecutors had requested. And with good behavior, Chauvin, 45, could get out on parole after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years.