Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to 22 and a half years in prison (270 months) for the murder of George Floyd, which occurred a year ago producing large public reaction with protests and nationwide calls for police reform. Chauvin murdered Floyd, pinning him facedown on the street with his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. Chauvin received a credit of 199 days served in prison. „I’m not going to attempt to be profound or clever because it’s not the appropriate time. I’m not basing my sentence on public opinion. I’m not basing it on any attempt to send any messages,” the judge said. The most serious offense, second-degree murder, carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison, according to Minnesota law. Prosecutors wanted 30 years. Floyd’s family wanted the maximum sentence.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said the sentence is “one of the longest a former police officer has ever received for an unlawful use of deadly force.” “I don’t know all the circumstances that were considered but it seems to me, under the guidelines, that seems to be appropriate,” President Biden said Friday about the sentence. Previously, Biden has been in touch with the Floyd family and he told reporters he was “praying for the right verdict.” Biden has also called for police reform legislation named after Floyd to be passed by Congress.