Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison

| June 26, 2021

Derek Chauvin, one of the officers that detained George Floyd in the incident that sparked riots, received a sentence of 22 1/2 years in prison. He was sentenced for the murder of George Floyd. The prosecution, and the Floyd family, were hoping for 30 years in prison. Chauvin may be eligible for parole in 15 years.

From the Associated Press:

Judge Peter Cahill went beyond the 12 1/2-year sentence prescribed under state guidelines, citing Chauvin’s “abuse of a position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty” shown to Floyd.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump said the family had gotten “some measure of accountability” but is hoping Chauvin gets the maximum at his upcoming federal civil rights trial. Crump said this was the longest sentence a police officer has ever received in Minnesota.

But he added: “Real justice in America will be Black men and Black women and people of color who will not have to fear being killed by the police just because the color of their skin. That would be real justice.”

Outside the courthouse, a crowd of about 50 people clasped hands or placed them on each other’s shoulders. The reaction was subdued as people debated whether the sentence was long enough. Some cursed in disgust.

At George Floyd Square, as the intersection where Floyd was pinned to the pavement is now known, members of the crowd broke into applause, and several said, “We’ll take it.”

Chauvin was immediately led back to prison. He showed little emotion when the judge pronounced the sentence. His eyes moved rapidly around the courtroom, his COVID-19 mask obscuring much of his face.

The Associated Press has more on this story here.

Category: "Teh Stoopid", "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves", Society

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    So how is OJ doing these days?

  2. ChipNASA says:

    I’m honestly conflicted. Seriously.
    Back in the day this would be a nothing burger.
    George Floyd was a piece of crap druggie criminal and he DOES’T deserve to be celebrated or made a martyr or have 2 statues put up for him.
    That being said, did officer Chauvin NOT act responsibly for kneeling on George Floyd’s back for 9 minutes. Why not just cuff him and stuff him. Tah Dah.
    It’s a hot mess either way but 22.5 years.
    Yeah, that’s fucking bullshit too. Political bullshit.
    How long before all this shit flips and the pendulium swings back the other way and the larger majority of Americans and I mean, conservative and moderate Americans are tired of this bullshit and we just start punching faces, not literally, exactly, but, and, when and if, is it too late to recover.
    Too many questions but, as long as there’s a handful of folks that base their existence on the principles this country was founded on, we can still survive.

    I’m still concerned and afraid though.

    • Slow Joe says:

      We are not bouncing back politically. The pendulum has been hijacked by the Left.

      A few vocal feral Leftist have far more influence in politics than the vast silent majority who only comes out to vote, but now voting doesn’t count as the Left has figured a way to cheat in elections.

      • ChipNASA says:

        I don’t disagree with your point, BUT, I’ say, outside of the urban centers, there’s WAY more conservative Americans with Traditional values and that group, I hope, can take back the flag.
        You can only lie, cheat and steal so much before the masses say, “Fuck this shit!!”, and clap back. And I mean *hard*.
        *crosses fingers*. I hope it’s before China or Russia Red Dawns us. I truck that’s only a movie script. I do believe they can rot us from the sides more than they already have and that makes me look at Ancient Rome with grave consternation.

        • ChipNASA says:

          *trust* (Ugh)

        • Anonymous says:

          We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee,
          We don’t take our trips on LSD,
          We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street.
          We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

          –Merle Haggard, “Okie from Mukogee”

          Lot to be said for that. Can’t say folk much like the other stuff out here in “red state” ‘Merica. (Though I do hope they’re not overwhelmed if such spleen be needed.)

          • Hate_me says:

            Yeah, them boys from Oklahoma
            Roll their joints all wrong
            They’re too damn skinny or way too long
            Well, I ain’t no Holy Roller
            So I just use a bong
            Them boys from Oklahoma
            Roll their joints all wrong.
            – Cross Canadian Ragweed

            Lot to be said for that. All the same, last time I drove across the country I made it a point to stop at every Hooters I came across (it’s like seeing a beautiful animal you know is about to go extinct). Those Tasmanian tigers in Oklahoma were, by far, the most impressive.

    • RCAF-CHAIRBORNE says:

      Chauvin’s situation reminds me of the scapegoating of Breaker Morant and Peter Handcock.
      Yes, Chauvin did not act responsibly, but Murder?? Negligence Causing Death or Manslaughter would have been more appropriate.
      22.5 years is ridiculous and only serves to appease the loony Left mob that Burns Loots and Murders.

      • rgr769 says:

        I worked a case where a man stabbed his gay boyfriend/roommate in the back 23 times so he could rob him. The judge sentenced him to only eight years. The DA did a plea bargain for voluntary manslaughter.

      • USMC Steve says:

        Particularly when the coroner clearly stated no fatal damage was caused to junkie Floyd by the cops, and he died of a massively lethal fentnyl overdose.

        Facts don’t matter to the ghetto rats and their leftist allies.

      • Reading is Fundamental says:

        Do you know the legal difference between murder and manslaughter? And do you know the facts of this case?

    • Berliner says:

      NON LEO… Watched the video(s). They did cuff him and try to stuff him in the back. This is after he mumbled about doing too much drugs. He insisted he wanted to sit up front in the police SUV. 3 officers tried to put him in the back seat. One was on the opposite side trying to pull him while two were trying to push him into the back seat. No luck so they put him on the ground. Ideally he would be placed on his side but he was struggling too much.

      Myself, If he didn’t want to sit in the back or sit on the ground I would have cuffed him in the back around a traffic sign or pole so he wouldn’t hurt himself or try to run while awaiting transport.

      • MCPO USN says:

        ^^This^^

        AGAIN. GEORGE FLOYD WAS A CRIMINAL IN THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME. WAS NON-COMPLIANT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RESISTED ARREST. DEREK CHAUVIN WAS FUCKED BY AN UNJUST SYSTEM THAT REWARDS CRIMINALS AND PUNISHES THOSE IN THE RIGHT.

    • Hate_me says:

      How can someone be guilty of a crine that, by definition, requires the commission of a simultaneous crime…. when there is only one crime?

      Not defending what he did, but the verdict undermined my faith in American law and order far more than Chauvin’s actions ever could – by orders of magnitude. It’s now, to my view, like electing a student-body president…. popularity over principal.

      • Hate_me says:

        crime*

        Duck autocorrect. It only works when you don’t want it to. It’s the technology equivalent of George Floyd.

    • Flakpup says:

      “Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.” – G. Michael Hopf

      I can see where we are in the cycle. The sad part is that the weaker the men, the harder the times to come… and harder times mean far more will suffer in the long run.

  3. Slow Joe says:

    And now a new generation of Americans will learn that refusing to follow instructions and resisting police is ok if one happens to be black.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Yep, white libs and black race-hustlers are encouraging resistance by blacks when stopped by the police for whatever reason.

      It’s going to be a hard lesson in life that’s going to be paid for with more and more black lives, not with white liberal or black race-hustler lives as it should be.

  4. Roh-Dog says:

    Ben Crump is the human embodiment of the note resulting in involuntary fecaltude. (Edited so not to offend because that’s a thing now)
    I’m doing what he’s never; hard work!
    (Back to my regularly scheduled tree murdering)

  5. Tallywhagger says:

    I thank Officer Derek Chauvin for his service to Minneapolis and humanity, in general.

    I do not believe that Officer Chauvin nor any of the officers were, in any manner, responsible or contributed to Floyd’s demise.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did the Fentanyl kill him before the cops did? (Would be “reasonable doubt” any other time.)

      • Tallywhagger says:

        From the little that I have read about the story, he had numerous contributing factors and comorbidities, not the least of which was Covid.

        Curiously enough, the media adores all things Covid but it seemed to be less interesting in this context.

        A very large man, 6’6″, probably 240, and the police are tasked with taking him into custody. It appears that he was taken into custody. That he died, while in custody, on the street, resisting arrest, probably from fentanyl intoxication, is one of those things that can happen. Casualties of criminal life styles.

        OTOH, the initial police involvement had to do with passing counterfeit money. Small matters can escalate–like Waco, Ruby Ridge and small time counterfeiting.

        The case needs to be overturned, it was never possible for Chauvin to obtain a fair trial.

        Minnesota needs to take it up the ass a few more times before they begin to see some of the errors of their thinking.

        • UpNorth says:

          Now, it’s been learned that one of George Floyd’s homies lied to get on the jury. Brandon Mitchell, of Burn Loot Murder, said he could deliver a fair and impartial verdict, when he was a BLM demonstrator. Look up Juror #52, or read it here, https://libertyonenews.com/blm-activist-lied-to-judge-to-get-on-chauvin-jury/
          This should have instantly caused the judge to throw out the verdict and, at the least, schedule a new trial. That he didn’t doesn’t speak to the impartiality of the justice system, but it speaks of a judge who proceeded with a wrong, because of politics and threats.

  6. The Other Whitey says:

    This was Career Criminal Shitbag vs Officer Dumbass, nothing more. George Floyd was a victim of his own piss-poor decisions. Chauvin is an idiot, but not a murderer.

    Floyd spent several minutes shouting “I can’t breathe” before Chauvin dropped his knee, but his voice, volume, and enunciation indicate that his airway was clear and his lungs were working fine. It is likely that in his drug-altered state, Floyd *thought* he couldn’t breathe, and worked himself into a panic that eventually to his death. That is not Chauvin’s fault. Chauvin was acting within MPD policy as approved by the same city council that rushed to scapegoat him. He just wasn’t especially smart in how he did it.

    This is a disgusting miscarriage of justice meant only to pander to a violent mob.

    • gitarcarver says:

      ….but his voice, volume, and enunciation indicate that his airway was clear and his lungs were working fine.

      In a recent article in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine, Weissman and others wrote that when air is inhaled, it first fills the upper airway, trachea and bronchi, where speech is generated. The article says this “anatomical dead space” accounts for about one third of the volume of an ordinary breath, and only air that gets beyond this space goes to air sacs in the lungs for gas exchange, which is when oxygen is sent to the bloodstream and carbon dioxide is removed as waste.

      The volume of an ordinary breath is about 400 to 600 mL, but normal speech requires about 50 mL of gas per syllable, so saying the words “I can’t breathe” would require 150 mL of gas, the authors wrote.

      A person can utter words by exhaling alone, using reserve left over after a normal breath is exhaled. But, the article says, “adequate gas exchange to support life requires inhalation. … Waiting until a person loses the ability to speak may be too late to prevent catastrophic cardiopulmonary collapse.”

      https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/medical-experts-floyds-speech-breathe-71701574

      https://apnews.com/article/a4300f189d906609560e15caa361566b

      Does that mean that Chauvin should have been convicted of murder? No.

      What it does mean is that the rational that Floyd could breathe because he could speak is not medically supported.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        People in significant respiratory distress display physical signs of significant respiratory distress. Floyd did not. Had he shouted once or twice, then started diminishing in volume, then yes, that would indicate he wasn’t breathing properly. But that didn’t happen. He displayed signs of panic and drug overdose, the latter of which should’ve been addressed sooner, but probably would’ve made little difference if it had.

  7. Just An Old Dog says:

    Chauvin contributed to his death. Manslaughter. 7 years, out in less than 5. This is the MOST that would have happened if the media didn’t blow it up and he was treated like any other case.
    The Family needs to look at how real murderers are serving an average of maybe 17 years for 1st degree murder ,,, talking felons shooting people dead in the streets.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, St. Floyd is now clean and sober for a whole year.

  9. KoB says:

    Last time we saw a railroad job this good, it was transcontinental And that one had a spike driven into it too.

    Wonder how many Prison Commissary $s will have to be put on the books to make sure Officer Chauvin doesn’t last 1 year in prison? Guilty of teh stoopid? yes! Murder? No way.

    Guess y’all saw the video of floyd’s coached little girl? Gotta wonder who did the trial prep on her. Think they’ll be any of the $27 mil left when she becomes of “legal” age? Nah, me neither.

  10. O-4E says:

    It will never be enough. Because the point isn’t police brutality or black lives

    We could have drawn, quartered and burned this cop at the stake on national television and the usual suspects would still be howling it wasn’t enough

    I reiterate police brutality and black lives aren’t the real concern

    • Anonymous says:

      “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” –Unknown SDS radical