On June 25, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years for the murder of George Floyd. This was the longest sentence in given to a former police officer in state history.
After the sentence was handed down, the MSR took to the streets and asked community members: What are your thoughts on the Chauvin sentencing?
I think it is wrong and bogus. Black people are being sentenced to 40 years to life for the same crime. He killed a man in front of kids, adults, and phone cameras and for the whole world to witness. He only got 22 years! My friend was 16 years old and he received life. I feel that is wrong. We have to keep fighting for justice and equal rights. I can say the 22-year sentencing is a start and we have to accept it.
I feel like it was unfair cause people with drug charges receive more years than people who murder people. He actually murdered someone on camera and you can see the man died—he was dead on the scene. At least we got the right man in jail and he has to do his time. Hopefully he won’t get out soon. We have to stay strong for one another during these trying times we are about to face again.
It’s about time we finally got justice. He should have gotten more time but we’re not done. We still have the three officers and also the lady officer in Brooklyn [Center]. We are waiting on his or her court dates cause everybody will have his or her time in court.
I don’t know why he didn’t get the maximum sentence, which was 30 years. It’s wrong and I feel he deserved more time than what they gave him. If it was a Black police [officer] that did the same crime, he would be locked up for life. The man deserves more time for his actions because you cannot replace a life.
I didn’t get an opportunity to watch the trial but I am glad justice was served. I wish he had gotten more time.
I believe they should have given more time and that was some bulls#*t. He should have gotten Fed time, to be honest. When it is attempted or a high charge it should be federal time. Period! Why would it be state time because he’s the police? Why should he get the benefit of the doubt or a slap on the wrist? Murder is murder. I believe that the police are supposed to serve and protect instead of trying to brutally belittle African Americans young and old. I think they need to take courses longer than the psychology course to hold a gun or bear firearms.
Nikki Love is a contributing writer at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.