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UPDATE: Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for killing George Floyd

A sketch showing Chauvin in front of a picture of George Floyd during the historic trial. (By Reuters)

Derek Chauvin, the former US police officer who killed African American George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly 10 minutes last year, has been sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in prison.

The 45-year-old was sentenced on Friday just two months after being convicted on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death.

Before his before his sentencing, Chauvin reportedly offered “condolences to the Floyd family”.

Previous story — Derek Chauvin found guilty of killing George Floyd

The former US police officer who was filmed kneeling on African American George Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes last year has been found guilty on all three charges against him.

Forty-five-year-old Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter during his court appearance on Tuesday.

The former police officer’s bail was revoked thereafter and he was remanded.

He faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.

According to reports from CNN, Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about 12.5 years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge. However, the state has asked for a tougher sentence than the recommendations provided.

Chauvin’s sentencing is set for eight weeks from now.

Meanwhile, Floyd’s death sparked weeks of protests and a global ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in which the BVI community participated.

In June 2020, hundreds of BVI residents joined the Black Lives Matter March, calling for an end to racism and white supremacy in the British Virgin Islands and the wider world.

The march commenced at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park in Road Town and ended with a ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Park.


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  1. Floyd says:

    Floyd needs to rot in hell and Chauvin should be set free. Floyd was a no good criminal, thief, drug user and seller. A perfect piece of scum. Floyd is not a hero and any Black that looks up to him is a moron. Chauvin did his job. Floyd OD’d on drugs but Chauvin was used to quiet the black man riots. You want to be treated equal then stop commuting all the shootings and crimes. The day of reckoning is coming for the black man. Blackman remember this. You are 17% of the US population.

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    • vg residnet says:

      right on.

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    • @ Barefaced Racist ignoramus. says:

      @ “Floyd”. BVI news should censor you for spewing such vitriol.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Floyd – You are way off kilter. He was murdered!!! Nothing to do with his past life. Chauvin DID NOT do his job. No excuse at all – even when Floyd said he couldn’t breathe Chauvin continued. Lock the b***ard up and throw away the key. No-one needs cops like this

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    • You have missed the point entirely says:

      And I am going to tell you how I really feel. And I am sure that others will too.

      Now it doesn’t matter what Floyd was. The actions of this Cop made sure that he was romanticized and leveled up to martyrdom because a white man kneeled on a black man’s neck while that man told him he couldn’t breathe, while witnesses white and black and otherwise told him that he was saying he could not breathe.

      Kneeling on a handcuffed totally subdue for the purpose of executing your arrest man’s neck was not the actions of a cop doing his job. A cop charged with protecting and serving. Who was he protecting and who was he serving after he was handcuffed and on the ground?

      After Chauvin handcuffed him, he was not a danger to Chauvin. His job was done, put the dangerous criminal in the car and carry him to your police station, process him. Then Your job is done.

      Floyd told him he could not breathe but Chauvin was not concerned. He was too busy enjoying himself to care.

      So what he was a criminal, the reason black people and in particular black men in America were upset and angry in case you missed it was because he looked alike them and here they were again facing another situation that was a circumstance of birth that they did not choose!

      Their necks were kneeled on and they were told that no matter how good they were no matter how law abiding, their lives were worth less than that if a dog! That they would be treated less than a dog because they knew that dogs are like gods to Caucasians and a dog’s neck would never be kneeled on until it was dead!

      To you “the white” who confirm that “the black” day of reckoning is coming. No! Our timing of suffering is pass. It’s been 400 years. You go look up what that means for you. That is why you “the white” is current feeling the backlash of your oppressive doctrine and behaviors, designed to ensure that you maintain the status quo, that you remain god like in your own eyes.

      Black people may only make up 17% of the population now but that is why you are afraid, that percentage is growing and Caucasians are afraid that they are loosing control of their domination and dominion. Because that 17% swinging a big fist at you and you can’t get out of the way!

      Go read your bible Esau. God don’t like you and He told you it was going to come to an end and you would suffer.

      God always keeps His promises.

      Keeping running your mouth like sick chicken batty and good luck, you diseased rhinosuas racist pig.

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    • Black Lives Matter! says:

      We need to march to stop this news site and its sick, racist blogging community from having a voice on this platform!

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    • Shocking says:

      Your racist comments are disgusting. As a white person
      in this community I would like to assure people that most of us do not think like this embarrassing moron.

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    • UFO says:

      And white supremacists like you, Floyd, are 2 – 4% of the US population. So go into the hood with that attitude. If you survive, come back here and give us a report.

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  2. Really says:

    Really?? This is BVI NEWS? Just remember, the African population of the US comprises approximately 15% yet the Africans commit 80% of the crimes. You want to stop being profiled and treated unfairly by the police, stop your brethren from committing crimes. It’s that simple.

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    • ? says:

      I don’t even have the energy for the cuss you deserve.

      But let me ask you, what warranted the profiling of a deaf little black boy who was walking along minding his own business when the cop decided he was going to harass him. Told him to stop from behind him, but of course, the child is deaf and can’t hear the command and so he gets shot in the back for not obeying.

      I know the cop feared for his life and so he shot a deaf black boy. In the back. Took out someone who was already disadvantaged by being born black in America and deaf on top of that and having to grow up with racist officers who took an oath to protect and to serve.

      Meanwhile, white grown men are beating cops with their own batons and stealing their cop cars but not a bullet is discharged. Gun didn’t even get drawn.

      But you know by all means continue the systematic eradication of the man with black skin and tell them it’s their personal fault because other people with black skin are doing bad things.

      All black people are doing bad things when one black person does something bad but not all white people are doing bad things when one white person does something bad.

      Equality for all.


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    • Strupes says:

      Fake news

    • Observer says:

      @ Really: Please keep in mind that racial profiling is wrong, even if blacks commit most of the crimes. People
      should be judged by their Individual conduct, not based on racial profiling. That is called racism.

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  3. Free Man says:

    Floyd died of a drug overdose not the police officer andyone with a brain who watches the video can see he swallowed bags of drugs as he was getting arrested, free chauvin

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  4. rastarite says:

    He’ll be out in 10 years.

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  5. rastarite says:

    Floyd – You are way off kilter. He was murdered!!! Nothing to do with his past life. Chauvin DID NOT do his job. No excuse at all – even when Floyd said he couldn’t breathe Chauvin continued. Lock the bastard up and throw away the key. No-one needs cops like this

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  6. wrong says:

    22yrs for doing your job because people decided to riot over a covicted criminal…USA is truly messed up.

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  7. The TRUTH says:

    The racist whites that hid in plain sight here in the BVI expose themselves yet again and this disgraceful site, of course, publishes their vile opinions. Bet they won’t post this though.

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    • Harry says:

      It might not wise to assume the posts above were
      written by someone of a particular race, nor that they were
      sent from someone in BVi.
      Offensive posts appear from all sorts of places and people.
      It’s best to just ignore them and be positive in what you do and say. They will run out of the oxygen of anger they need.

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  8. KLM says:

    BVI news blocked me for something I blogged that was not out of place but they published something like this what a shame.

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  9. GTFOH says:

    It was an easy conviction. After Floyd was handcuffed and placed on his stomach, the policeman should have took his knee off of his neck. No reasonable person would assume that Floyd was a danger at that point.

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  10. Redshoes says:

    To Floyd would you like me to kneel in your neck just like what Derek chauvain did that was wrong and he kill him your comments tell a lot

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  11. Ignorance says:

    Black/white!!!! Don’t you idiots see what they are doing here. They continue to divide us all with these stories and you all fall straight into it. We are all humans!! Yes we have different skin colors but that’s it!! There are many races all over the world but we are 1. Wake up from your ignorance and stop letting these people divide us!!!

    Why is this news in the BVI????

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  12. Silly says:

    The same people commenting that Floyd died of a drug overdose while there is clear as day video footage of Chauvin pressing on his neck, are the same idiots encouraging people to get vaccinated.

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