Derek Chauvin learned his fate on Friday — and the reaction in Hollywood was mixed. The former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose filmed death sparked a worldwide movement against racial injustice. The sentence fell short of the 30 years requested by prosecutors, but went beyond the 12.5 year sentence prescribed under state guidelines. With good behavior, the 45-year-old could be paroled by his 60th birthday. Reaction to the news in Hollywood was mixed; some felt it was too lenient, while some described it as a win; others still appeared to simply accept it with muted helplessness:
Chauvin’s attorney just said Chauvin’s brain is “littered with what-ifs.” For example, what if I just didn’t come into work that day? How about . . . what if I had simply stood up, simply raised my knee off George Floyd’s neck? That the only what-if that matters. #JusticeMatters
Understand Chauvin’s Mom Not Wanting Her Son 2 Be Gone,But GEORGE FLOYD’S MOM WILL “NEVER” SEE HER SON AGAIN💔.Chauvin’s Lawyer Said”If Only He Hadn’t Gone 2 Work That Day,Answered That call.” I SAY”IF ONLY HE HADNT PUT HIS WEIGHT ON GEORGE’S NECK FOR 9 MINS.HE HAD 9 MINS 2 STOP
If you’re wondering if Derek Chauvin’s sentence is fair, Chauvin will be 60 years old when he’s released from prison after serving 15 years of his 22 1/2-year sentence. George Floyd was murdered by Chauvin when he was 46. Floyd can never resume his life. Chauvin can.