June 25, 2021 – 22:15
Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis city police officer, was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for the murder of African-American George Floyd in May last year.
The decision was announced by a court in Minnesota. Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence reflected the “cruelty” of the murder.
“The pain has been felt all over the country, but most importantly we need to recognize the pain of the Floyd family,” he said.
Prosecutors had demanded he be sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Prior to the sentencing, former police officer Derek Chauvin offered his “condolences” to George Floyd’s family.
Chauvin, in April, pleaded guilty to murder.
Floyd, 46, an African-American, was killed by a white police officer who pressed him to the neck with his knee for more than nine minutes during the arrest procedure. The event took place in May 2020.
His death sparked protests against racism and police violence in a number of cities in the United States and beyond, and pushed forward police reform efforts nationwide.