Derek Chauvin Sentenced To 22 Years For Murder Of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin Sentenced To 22 Years For Murder Of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. The murder of George Floyd led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice and civil unrest in the U.S. in the last decade.

The punishment is one of the longest prison terms imposed on a U.S. police officer for murdering a civilian while on duty. Chauvin, now 45 years old, could be paroled with good behaviour after serving two-thirds of his sentence. Judge Peter Cahill went beyond the 12-and-a-half-year sentence prescribed under state guidelines, citing Chauvin's "abuse of a position of trust and authority and also the particular cruelty" shown toward George Floyd.

While the sentence is a step towards justice it falls short of the overhaul needed to abolish or reform and fix the U.S. judicial and "law" enforcement system. During the US wide protests and civil unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd. At least 14,000 people were arrested and 25 killed between June to November of 2020. US politicians, religious leaders, protesters, and others called for police reform and in some cases police abolition altogether. In response, many government entities have passed laws, made proposals, and announced public directives to improve police conduct, racial bias, and police brutality in the United States. Some activists communities have even experimented with police free zones which collapsed after a few months, mostly due to lack of communal support, resources, and outside agitators. Among the most common reforms in the United States were the bans on chokeholds and no-knock warrants, as well as improvements to the collection of police data. 

However, these are superficial fixes to the deeper rooted societal, educational, and economic problems plaguing the United States. These problems enhance wealth inequality, poverty, lack of upward mobility, drug addiction, organized crime, gynophobia, identitarian division, and racism all of which affect the communities police forces tend to target or mistreat. The overall basis of police brutality and lethal force against vulnerable individuals is impunity above all. Today's sentencing of Derek Chauvin is a drop in the bucket of judicial justice, eventually, with enough outcry and public pressure, the drops will increase until a storm forms that washes away the impunity and restores law, order, and justice for all. 

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