Officer who killed Floyd sentenced to 20 years

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Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for murder of George Floyd
Four members of the Floyd family, including his seven-year-old daughter Gianna, gave statements before the sentencing

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22 years and six months for second-degree murder, closing one chapter of a case that thrust the issue of race and American policing back into the global spotlight.



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The 45-year-old appeared in court on Friday, dressed in a grey suit and with a shaved head, two months after a jury found him guilty on three charges related to Floyd’s death.

The sentence, issued by the Hennepin county judge Peter Cahill, was a 10-year increase to the state’s recommended sentencing guidance for second-degree murder. Prosecutors successfully argued that Chauvin should face harsher sentencing due to a range of aggravating factors.

Cahill offered only brief remarks before delivering the sentence, saying his decision was “not based on emotion or sympathy” but adding: “I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family.”

Cahill explained his reasoning for the harsher sentence in a 22-page sentencing memorandum released by the court, writing: “Part of the mission of the Minneapolis police department is to give citizens ‘voice and respect’. Here, Mr Chauvin rather than pursuing the MPD mission, treated Mr Floyd without respect and denied him the dignity owed to all human beings and which he certainly would have extended to a friend or neighbor.”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/25/derek-chauvin-george-floyd-murder-sentencing
 

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For taking another human being's life.....for absolutely no valid reason.....can't be measured in time behind bars.....no matter how spent.......

If George Floyd was treated as he should have been, he most probably would have been sent to prison, alive & well.....well at least alive.....for knowingly passing counterfeit money, & defrauding the merchant he tried to pass it on to.....

George Floyd would have most probably been convicted under US Federal Law (18 U.S.C. §§ 471, 472 (2020)) & sentenced up to 20 years plus a hefty fine.

IMHO Derek Chauvin should have been sentenced to at least 25 years to life, with a non-parole period of 25 years......22.5 years is not fitting the crime, especially when he can walk in as little as 15 years.......
but as I've said so often......Shit Happens!


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DreamRyderX

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I do not agree that America is "horribly, horribly racist."
@Seth
I agree 100%, & I do so out of 'first' hand knowledge. I've been living here in Australia for the far better part of the last 30 years. I lived in both the North & the South, & I personally experienced/witnessed the best & the worse America has regarding racism & racist attitudes. I've also visited a number of places across Australia over the last 2 decades plus & talked to hundreds of Aussies......it always comes up.....damn they have deep hatred for the Abos & Sudanese/black Africans here.....north, south, east, & west!

IMHO......After comparing here to America it's close....but not that close.....Australia is far more inwardly racist than America is......I return Stateside often enough to know.......whereas American racists are far more open about their feelings regarding race, but that said, American racists may only outnumber Australian racists because of the overall population, whereas Australia wins hands down because it is a large country in land mass alone, but population wise......less than 1/10 the size....24+ million compared to America's 330+ million .......I firmly believe percentage wise Australia has a far higher percentage of racists.....people with deeper seeded racist attitudes & beliefs.


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@Seth
I agree 100%, & I do so out of 'first' hand knowledge. I've been living here in Australia for the far better part of the last 30 years. I lived in both the North & the South, & I personally experienced/witnessed the best & the worse America has regarding racism & racist attitudes. I've also visited a number of places across Australia over the last 2 decades plus & talked to hundreds of Aussies......it always comes up.....damn they have deep hatred for the Abos & Sudanese/black Africans here.....north, south, east, & west!

IMHO......After comparing here to America it's close....but not that close.....Australia is far more inwardly racist than America is......I return Stateside often enough to know.......whereas American racists are far more open about their feelings regarding race, but that said, American racists may only outnumber Australian racists because of the overall population, whereas Australia wins hands down because it is a large country in land mass alone, but population wise......less than 1/10 the size....24+ million compared to America's 330+ million .......I firmly believe percentage wise Australia has a far higher percentage of racists.....people with deeper seeded racist attitudes & beliefs.
That is very true. The same goes for the ancestral home of most Australians, the UK.

There are deep-seated racist beliefs in white Australians.
 
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