Saturday, June 26, 2021

Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years

The US white ex-police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has been sentenced to 22 years and six months in jail. 

The judge said Derek Chauvin's sentence was based "on your abuse of a position of trust and authority, and also the particular cruelty shown" to Floyd. 

Following a three-week trial, the jury on April 20 found Chauvin (right) guilty of murder over the death of the African-American on a Minneapolis street last year. 

Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during the latter’s arrest last May, ignoring pleas that he couldn't breathe. 

The widely watched footage sparked worldwide protests against racism and police brutality. 

Additionally, he and three other former officers have been separately charged with violating Floyd's civil rights.

Sure, the landmark case for police use of force against black people, and the verdict and sentencing mark a significant break with the past. It's no secret that few officers are charged with manslaughter or murder, and fewer still are convicted. 

Lest Americans get carried away with this so-called victory, they should know that convictions like Chauvin’s are extraordinarily rare. 

Out of the thousands of deadly police shootings in the US since 2005, about 140 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter and just seven were convicted of murder, according to data maintained by Phil Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Malaysian idiocy surfaces again. 

Federal territories minister Annuar Musa (left) has become the subject of ridicule on social media after saying that people are seemingly unafraid of Covid-19 – which he proclaimed to be an indicator of the country’s success in containing the pandemic. 

Speaking at a forum organized by HarakahDaily on Wednesday, the Ketereh MP said people flouted government restrictions on travel – which, he believed, meant that they were not concerned about contracting Covid-19. 

Is he for real? Oops, I forgot. A fool is a fool is a fool! 

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