Derek Chauvin, a defrocked Minneapolis Police Officer, was sentenced today to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, a small-time, career criminal and drug dealer who became the world’s first saint canonized by BLM and Antifa and whose martyrdom led to billions of dollars of worldwide destruction, including the deaths of many innocents along the way.
Chauvin’s conviction earlier this year was never really in doubt following months of nationwide riots and the constant media coverage given to the case but particularly following a $27 million settlement with the Floyd family just days before the verdict. No, Floyd should not have died while being held down by Derek Chauvin after committing a criminal act. Yet the “proof” that Chauvin murdered Floyd was never truly proven. The proof of asphyxiation was never actually brought to fruition; however, the proof that Floyd’s blood was heavily laced with enough Fentanyl to kill Floyd and several others was certainly proven repeatedly.
Derek Chauvin may not have been the perfect police officer. He had a job working in an imperfect city and on that fateful day of May 25, 2020, when he was called to the scene of a crime. George Floyd, a career criminal, who had perpetrated 6 burglaries, 3 car thefts, multiple illegal trespasses, ongoing cocaine, and alcohol addiction, committed 2 violent home invasions, 3 armed robberies, dealt Fentanyl and Meth, passed counterfeit money, beat 4 victims senseless, and had been arrested 23 times since 1998.
While New York and New Jersey have erected statues to commemorate Floyd’s martyrdom, Derek Chauvin will spend the next two decades of his life behind bars. What has America become? Remember this could happen to you. Charged, convicted but never truly proven guilty.
James Fotis is the President of the National Center for Police Defense, former Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America and served for fourteen years as a Police Officer for the Lynbrook, New York Police Department, retiring as the highest decorated officer in the department’s history.