Derek Chauvin, a former United States of America police officer who in April was convicted of murdering an African-American man George Floyd on 25th May 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA was on Friday sentenced to 22 years and 6 months in jail.
Judge Peter A revealed that Derek’s sentence was based on his abuse of a position of trust and authority, and also the particular cruelty shown to Floyd.
Floyd who was 48, died about an hour after Derek had finished pressing his knee on his neck for more that 8 minutes as he lay on ground while handcuffed.
According to a video clip showing this whole incident, Floyd was seen and heard begging Derek to let him breathe as he shouted “I can’t breathe” several times, although his plea landed on Derek’s deaf ears.
Although they are still grieving, Floyd’s family welcomed the sentence. His sister Bridgett Floyd said that the sentence “shows that matters of police brutality are finally being taken seriously” although she still thinks but there is still “a long way to go”.
Meanwhile, all this incident which resulted into George’s death started when he bought a pack of cigarettes at a shop whose attendant claimed he had paid for them using a fake note. He then called Police after Floyd’s refusal to give him back the cigarettes pack.
On arrival, the Police officers inclusive of Derek, ordered Floyd out his car and handcuffed him. They struggled with him to sit him in their waiting car and this is when after wrestling him to the ground, Derek managed to press his knee hard on his neck for more than 8 minutes as he (Floyd) begged for mercy and breath.
Floyd’s cold-blooded murder caused global protests against policy brutality.