21 years in prison for the white policeman

White police officer Derek Chauvin, who suffocated African-American George Floyd with his knee during his arrest in May 2020, was sentenced to 21 years in prison according to the verdict handed down by US federal justice on Thursday.

“I don’t know why you did this, but putting your knee on someone’s neck until they die is wrong. And for that you must be severely punishedsaid Judge Paul Magnuson, addressing the 46-year-old former officer.

Chauvin had already been sentenced for murder to 22 and a half years in prison by the justice of the State of Minnesota, in the north-east of the United States, but he appealed the sentence.

The federal penalty for “violation of civil rights” of the black forty-something is, for its part, final since it stems from an agreement to plead guilty.

It can be served at the same time as the other sentence, said Judge Paul Magnuson of the Saint-Paul court, giving him credit for the seven months already spent in detention.

In a short intervention, Derek Chauvin wished the children of George Floyd to ” be successful in life “without apologizing or expressing the slightest remorse.

The case sparked widespread outrage in the United States and around the world. The name of George Floyd has become emblematic of the Black Lives Matter movement which has triggered a broad anti-racist movement within American society.

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