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Ex-Cop Chauvin Gets 22 1/2 Years in Prison for Floyd Murder

  • Death redefined politics in the U.S., pushing racism to fore
  • Victim’s child has a simple wish: to play with dad again
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Chauvin Sentenced to 22 1/2 Years for Floyd Murder
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday to 22 years and six months in prison for murdering George Floyd, a videotaped killing that triggered the most profound racial upheaval in the U.S. since the civil rights era.

The punishment ended one chapter of a reckoning that spread from questions of official force to a broad reappraisal of discrimination inherent in American institutions. More than a year after the killing, matters of race have taken center stage as the nation emerges from protests and the pandemic.