MINNEAPOLIS — A federal court sentenced Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd in 2020, to more than 20 years in prison on Thursday. Chauvin is currently serving a sentence of 22.5 years imposed by the state of Minnesota.
Chauvin, 46, who is white, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to violating the civil rights of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man. At the time, Floyd’s death sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and beyond.
“I really don’t know why you did what you did,” the judge said when issuing the verdict. “But to put your knee on someone else’s neck until they die is wrong. You should be severely punished.”
A video shows Chauvin, who had been a Minneapolis police officer for 19 years, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly ten minutes until he passed out and died.