A court in Minneapolis, United States, on Friday sentenced a former policeman, Derek Chauvin, to 22 years and six months in prison for the murder of an African- American, George Floyd.
The murder of Floyd, 48, on May 20, 2020 caused one of the biggest demonstrations against racism and police brutality in the US in decades.
The American hip-hop artiste died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes.
The ex-police officer was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges last month.
Chauvin, 45, was also told to register as a predatory offender and barred from owning firearms for life.
Prosecutors had demanded a 30-year sentence for the convict.
The judge, Peter Cahill, who handed down the term, said Chauvin’s sentence was based on his “abuse of a position of trust and authority as well as the cruelty shown to the deceased.”
He said: “What the sentence is not based on is emotion, or sympathy. But at the same time, I want to acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family.”