The ex-cop, convicted of the murder of George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin was told that he would be spending 270 months behind bars on Friday, June 25, after his request for a new trial was denied.
Activists outside the Minneapolis courtroom were disappointing as prosecutors requested a 30-year prison sentence. reports Mirror Online.
Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna videotaped the court about how she missed her father, who was helping her brush her teeth.
The 45-year-old chauvin was found guilty of murdering Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest in town last May.
Chauvin helped arrest Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill in a grocery store in the city of Minnesota.
Global protests followed the death of George Floyd, and the guilty verdict in the trial has been widely viewed as a turning point in the history of US police policy.
Chauvin was found guilty of accidental second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter by a jury on April 20.
Chauvin was given more years than required by law due to aggravating factors, but less than the maximum of 40 years it could have received.
The prosecution had demanded a 30-year prison sentence, twice the maximum limit given in the criminal guidelines for a first-time offender.
The judge issued a 22-page statement of reasons for his judgment.
Floyd’s friend Courtney Ross told reporters that she was disappointed with the verdict but that the fight for justice would continue “for the common good.”
“I’m shocked that it wasn’t a long sentence, but it’s the beginning,” she said, adding, “It’s a little disappointing.”
Chauvin’s attorney argued that he had been denied a fair trial for misconduct by the prosecution and jury, as well as for errors of law in the trial.
Through his attorney, Eric Nelson, Chauvin asked the judge to give him a suspended sentence, writing that Floyd’s murder “is best described as a mistake committed in good faith”.
But Hennepin County’s District Judge Peter Cahill denied his request for a retrial on the Friday morning prior to the sentencing.
A video captured of a teenage Chauvin viewer who is white kneeling on the neck of Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man in handcuffs, sparked outrage around the world.
The call for justice for George Floyd became a rally for Black Lives Matter demonstrations around the world as protesters called for police to be held accountable.
Cheering scenes had broken out in Minneapolis when Chauvin was found guilty in April when the city responded to the milestone.
The other three released police officers involved in the arrest are due to be tried next year on charges of complicity in the Floyd murder.
Floyd’s family members were asked to see the judge prior to sentencing.
His daughter Gianna started and appeared in a video that was played to the judge
“I ask about him all the time,” she said in the video as Chauvin sat in front of the judge in a gray suit and tie, a blue mask covering his nose and mouth.
“My dad always helped me brush my teeth.”
When asked what she would say to him if she could see him again, she said, “I miss you and I love you.”