Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to an additional 20 years and 5 months in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, Reuters reports.
Chauvin is already serving the sentence of 22 and a half years that was imposed on him last year. The sentence he received now will run parallel to the sentence that was imposed on him previously.
Let’s remember, after the sentence, Chauvin’s defense asked for a suspended sentence and a new trial. Chauvin’s lawyer argued that his client was denied a fair trial due to mistakes by the prosecutor and the jury.
The video of police officer Chauvin kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old black man George Floyd for more than nine minutes caused outrage around the world and launched the largest protest movement in the US in recent decades.