Derek Chauvin. We all know him as the murderous cop who added fuel to the fire in the hearts of thousands of people wanting social change. An act was done out of hatred and his abuse of power started the biggest movement against police brutality in recent years.
On June 25, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. He did not see his actions as murder, and on June 3rd he tried to get probation or a shorter prison term for what he did. There are a few issues with this request. The obvious one is that he murdered a man in broad daylight and wants forgiveness despite his clear abuse of power.
Two, his sentence is already reduced, it was supposed to be at least 40 years due to him committing second-degree murder and other additional factors. No matter what Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, tries to argue, this is a matter of accountability and creating change. Minnesota’s attorney general Keith Ellison said himself that this was “a moment of real accountability”. Not reducing Chauvin’’s sentence is a warning and lesson for cops and others who abuse the privilege to display racist intentions and attitudes. From this turmoil, the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act was created. A real change is finally being made, starting with holding accountability in authoritative figures and the justice system. For the next 22.5 years, a murderer will rot in jail as he rightfully should, and justice has finally been served.