Celebrities are reacting to the sentencing of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
On Friday, Chauvin was sentenced to 270 months, or 22.5 years, after he was found guilty for second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The former officer, who is white, was seen on video pinning Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, to the ground with his knee last Memorial Day for over nine minutes.
Cell phone video of the incident went viral, sparking nationwide protests and riots from people calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence was not based on “emotion” or “sympathy,” but said “we need to recognize the pain of the Floyd family.”
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Celebrities reacted to the sentencing on social media. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay called Chauvin “a murderer.”
“Derek Chauvin is a murderer. A murderer who watched multiple people plead for the life of the man he killed in broad daylight. A murderer who placed the full weight of his body on another human being’s neck and felt the life drain out of him. Derek Chauvin is a murderer,” she wrote.
“Bad Feminist” author Roxane Gay suggested the sentence wasn’t enough, reminding that “George Floyd is still dead.”
“My goodness. 270 months in prison for Derek Chauvin, can never own firearms again, must register as a predatory offender upon release,” she wrote. “It’s just a conflicted emotional response in that it’s rare for a police officer to receive this kind of sentence but I don’t know that there is a satisfying or acceptable sentence for this kind of crime.”
Cher reacted to the response of Chauvin’s mother, Carolyn Pawlenty, who told the court that her son “is a quiet, thoughtful, honorable and selfless man.”
“Understand Chauvin’s Mom Not Wanting Her Son 2 Be Gone,But GEORGE FLOYD’S MOM WILL “NEVER” SEE HER SON AGAIN,” she wrote. “IF ONLY HE HADNT PUT HIS WEIGHT ON GEORGE’S NECK FOR 9 MINS.HE HAD 9 MINS 2 STOP.”
“Pose” star Billy Porter tweeted a simple message: “22.5 years.”
“22.5 years is not long enough,” wrote Alyssa Milano.
Rapper 2 Chainz also expressed dissatisfaction with the length of the sentence on his Instagram story, pointing out he had an aunt who served 20 years and another aunt who served 30 “and no one died during the crime.”
Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Tami Abdollah, Grace Hauck
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