Former Minneapolis law enforcement officer Derek Chauvin’s 22-and-a-half-year sentence for killing George Floyd “reflects the seriousness” of the criminal activity, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison stated Sunday, June 27.
“Given the particular cruelty, the abuse of trust, committing this crime in a group, in front of kids — this sentence works,” Ellison stated throughout an interview with ABC News.
“Now, you can’t replace the life of George Floyd, so true satisfaction is simply not available to us. But I think that this is certainly a sentence that reflects the seriousness. And, of course, this matter is not over yet,” he included, describing a possible federal sentence for Chauvin.
Chauvin was qualified to get approximately 40 years for the second-degree murder charge alone, and district attorneys looked for a minimum of a 30-year sentence.
Ellison stated the sentence was an early action towards reform.
“All over the United States,” the previous Democratic congressman stated, “states are looking at police reform. We need them to act.
“We require departments to act. We require district attorneys and we require other policemans to look within and state, ‘What can we do to construct higher trust and higher cooperation with our neighborhoods that we safeguard and serve every day?
“In a larger perspective, we have got a lot of lifting to do. And when it comes to Congress, I think they could lead the way by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. I think it’s essential, and the country needs it,” Ellison stated, describing the sweeping cops reform costs that prohibits using chokeholds and no-knock warrants at the federal level.
It passed in the House of Representatives in March however stays slowed down in the Senate.