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On Friday, former American police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years of imprisonment for killing African American George Floyd. The murder provoked America’s biggest protest for racial justice in decades.
The 45-year-old officer gave his condolences to George’s family in a Minneapolis court. He also said that George’s family will get some peace of mind when the whole truth is revealed.
The Floyd family sought 30 years of sentence to Chauvin but Judge Peter Chahil sentenced the ex-officer to 22.5 years of imprisonment.
With good behavior, Chauvin could be released after serving two-thirds of his imprisonment.
George Floyd’s Death Gave Massive Rise To The Movement-Black Lives Matter
On 25th May 2020, George Floyd’s death created massive outrage among Americans for Black Lives Matter. On 26th May 2020, protests began on the streets of Minneapolis and people started vandalizing police cars and police stations.
On 31st May 2020, the protests took a violent turn, and reportedly 5 people were killed. More than 75 cities in the US witnessed protests with arrests of more than 4400 people.
On 7th June, the world saw International protests that extended to Spain, Australia, France, Germany, and the UK.
People demanded racial justice, freedom, and healing to Black people across the world.
How Was George Floyd Killed
The Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill. Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes 29 seconds while Floyd was continuously screaming that he could not breathe.
This incident represented police brutality and the torture against Black people. Though George was convicted of eight crimes, from 1997 to 2005, he did not deserve to be murdered brutally.