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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/25/derek-chauvin-george-floyd-murder-sentencingDerek 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.”