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Former Cop Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22 years in George Floyd Killing

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In this image taken from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over Chauvin’s sentencing, Friday, June 25, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin faces decades in prison for the May 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

The ex-Minneapolis cop whose actions triggered widespread protests and riots around the country in 2020 has been sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.

Prosecutors and members of Floyd’s family had requested a maximum penalty of 30 years.

“We don’t want to see no more slaps on the wrist. We’ve been through that already,” Floyd’s brother Terrence said.

Chauvin also spoke briefly at the sentencing hearing this afternoon saying “I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family.”

Chauvin could be released for good behavior after serving 15 years, or 2/3 of his sentence.

“To us, George Floyd is a cause,” said family attorney Benjamin Crump. “To them [the George Floyd family,] that that’s their brother.”

Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after putting his knee on the back of George Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes, leading to his death.