The policeman who brutally murdered George Floyd was convicted.
Derek Chauvin, a former U.S. police officer convicted of killing George Floyd in Minnesota last year, was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison.
Judge Chauvin said the sentence was based on “a lack of trust and responsibility and a special brutality.”
Chauvin was barred from registering as a terrorist and not possessing a weapon for the rest of his life.
Floyd’s family and supporters welcomed the decision.
“The police brutality is finally showing up, but there is still a long way to go,” said Floyd’s sister, Brigitte Floyd.
“This historic punishment will bring Floyd’s family and our country one step closer to healing,” said lawyer Ben Crum on his official Twitter account.
The BBC reports that US President Joe Biden said he did not know the details of the verdict.