In his ruling, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill cited the ex-officer’s abuse of a position of trust and authority and particular cruelty to Floyd but cautioned that his decision wasn’t based on emotion, sympathy, public opinion or an attempt to send a message.
The sentencing followed pleas from members of Floyd’s family to give Derek Chauvin the “maximum penalty.” Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s other brother, argued that he and his family “have been given a life sentence” because George will never come back.
Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He faced a maximum sentence of 40 years for second-degree murder. Read more at the link in bio. / POLITICO