Derek Chauvin, the ex policeman associated in George Floyd's death sentenced to 22 years in prison
Derek Chauvin, a former police officer, was sentenced to 22 and a half years imprisonment on Friday for the murder of African American George Floyd, which ignited the country's largest racial justice demonstrations in decades.
Minnesota law calls for a minimum sentence of 12.5 years, Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, told the court that Cahill should give Chauvin the harshest punishment possible.
The sentencing, according to the Floyd family's lawyer, is a "historic" step toward racial reconciliation in the United States.
Despite being less than what the family expected, civil rights icon Al Sharpton claimed it communicated "a message of accountability."
The judge refused the defense's plea for a fresh trial on the eve of sentencing.
The prosecution against Chauvin will not end there, his three former coworkers will stand trial in March 2022 on allegations of involvement in killing.
In addition, the four men are accused of violating Floyd's constitutional rights by the federal government. That trial has yet to be scheduled.