My Report on the Derek Chauvin Sentence-
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Since May 2020, we have all been haunted by the video of George Floyds arrest which led to his death at the age of 48. The officer's name was Derek Chauvin and since the death of Floyd, he has been on trial. In April, it was stated that he could face a sentence from up to 40 years imprisonment, but, on the 25th of June, it was stated that he would face a sentence off 22 years and 6 months.
But Floyds family and the world agree that this is not enough. Chauvin's sentence is the longest a former police officer has ever received, and we HAVE received justice, but not enough.
The death of George Floyd was personally something my family and I shared anger for. None of us could understand why a police officer who’s job was to protect the people of his country, had endangered someone. After many days of checking the news for more information on the story, we realized how much of an impact this had made. Protests were happening all around America and in the UK for George and all those innocent people who had been killed or arrested because of the color of their skin.
Which is why I feel that the 22-year sentence is not justice. 22 years in prison doesn’t make up for the fact that Floyds child, siblings, parents and partner have lost a father, a brother, a son and a friend.
Thoughts on the sentence-
On a report 11 hours ago on BBC news, a video is shown, it shows Derek Chauvin, Derek’s mother and Philonise Floyd, George’s brother speaking at the sentence and about George and Derek. Chauvin states that he hopes information in the future will give them (Floyds family) some “some peace of mind”.
A clip is also shown of Floyds daughter, Gianna saying that she misses her father, and that she loves him.
Lastly, was Chauvin's mother who says that it was difficult for her to hear and read what people say about Derek, this included that he was a heartless and aggressive person.
Though these remarks seem hard to believe, why would someone kind and caring decide to ignore someone saying “I can’t breathe” countless times and end up being the cause of his death.
My question for Derek Chauvin-
- Did you hear Floyd saying he couldn’t breathe?
- Do you feel your sentence is enough?
- Who was George Floyd to you? (Do you feel horrible for what happened)
- If you were to speak to George Floyd, what would you say?
- If you went back in time to when you arrested him, would you have reacted differently?
My interview with an MRC pupil
- Is 22.5 years enough? Answer: No, he should be given the full 40
- Do you hope racism will improve? Answer: Yes!
- Do you like learning about black history? Answer: Yes, but I think we should learn more in history about it.
It hurts to see that all these years later, in 2021, we still see racism and discrimination. It hurts to see that people still think they can treat others with no respect because of race, gender, age, religion and sexuality. But, it is good to see that finally, police brutality is finally being taken seriously.