Derek Chauvin, the disgraced former officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for about nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, lying face down on the streets, was convicted of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter.
He faces up to 75 years in prison when he returns for sentencing in eight weeks. However, under Minnesota law, the sentences are to run together, meaning Chauvin would serve no more than 40 years in prison.
It is widely seen as a victory for not just his family but every person of color in America and worldwide. But in truth. Was there really any other way out of this?
There were only just 2 options available. One of which they have done. With the other being refusing to convict him for his obvious crimes.
The latter would have led to a global outrage, as there is no way to hide or change the videos that were seen by over 400 million people.
The thought of another nation wide protest could have led to another crippling of an already staggering economy, another spike in coronavirus cases, due to ignorance of protocols during protests and a decline in global appeal and respect for America and it's justice system.
So all in all....The best thing was done
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