Chauvin, the former police officer who murdered George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last year, was sentenced to 22 and half years in prison.
. source: Indian Express.
As the sentence fell short of the 30 years prosecutors had requested, Floyd's family members and others got disappointed with the verdict.
The punishment came after Chauvin broke his yearlong silence to offer condolences to the Floyd family and express a hope that they eventually have "some peace of mind".
It is one of the longest prison terms ever imposed on a US police officer in the killing of a Black person.
"Real justice in America will be Black men and Black women and people of color who will not have to fear being killed by the police just because the color of their skin. That would be real justice."
Judge Peter Cahill said that they did not base the sentence on emotion or public opinion. He wanted to "acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family."
In a 22 page memorandum, Cahill wrote that two aggravating factors warranted a harsher sentence — than 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."
Floyd's last moments were captured on searing cell phone footage by a 17-year-old, illustrated in clear visuals what Black Americans said that how the criminal justice system treats Black people. Floyd's death set off mass protests across the globe and incidents of looting and unrest.