Derek Chauvin will spend 22.5 years in prison – level 3

30-06-2021 15:00

On Friday, a Minnesota judge sentenced a former police officer, Derek Chauvin, to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd during an arrest in May 2020.

The video of the arrest on a Minneapolis sidewalk sparked global protests against police brutality and racial inequality.

The judge said that the global notoriety of the case wouldn´t sway him, and that the sentence wasn´t based on its emotion or sympathy. However, it was important to recognize the pain of Floyd´s family. According to the judge, Chauvin abused his position of trust and authority, and he showed particular cruelty to Floyd.

Chauvin´s prohibited from possessing firearms, ammunition, or explosives for the rest of his life.

Difficult words: notoriety (the state of being famous for doing something immoral or bad), sway (to control or influence), ammunition (bullets and rockets that are made to be fired from guns).

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