Officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to over 22 years in jail for George Floyd murder

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Ex-US police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted of murdering African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 has been sentenced to 22 years and six months in jail.

The judge said Chauvin’s sentence was based “on your abuse of a position of trust and authority, and also the particular cruelty shown” to Mr Floyd.

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Mr Floyd, 48, had died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes. His murder caused global protests against racism and police brutality.

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Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges last month.

He was also told to register as a predatory offender and was barred from owning firearms for life.

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The Floyd family and their supporters welcomed the sentence.

“This historic sentence brings the Floyd family and our nation one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability,” lawyer Ben Crump tweeted.

President Joe Biden said the sentence “seemed to be appropriate”, despite admitting that he was not familiar with all the details.

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