Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years in Death of George Floyd

On Friday, June 25, 2021 Derek Chauvin, the former police officer responsible for murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. According to the Minnesota Law, Chauvin must serve two-thirds of his 22.5 year sentence (15 years) and will be eligible for release for the 7.5 years that remain. 

Prosecutors argued this case was especially egregious considering it was done on a public street and children were present and this should be taken into consideration when sentencing Chauvin. And while most believe that Chauvin deserves a much harsher sentence, Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence was not based on emotion or public opinion. Cahill stated that Chauvin "abused his position of trust or authority" and treated Floyd with "particular cruelty." Chauvin, the judge wrote, treated Floyd "without respect and denied him the dignity owed to all human beings."

Chauvin is being held at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights outside of Minneapolis and is currently in a segregated housing unit for his safety. 

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