Floyd family members, protesters and countless others online were disappointed by the sentence. And while some cheered, others cursed in disgust, wondering whether the sentence was long enough. “Just because it’s the most time doesn’t mean it’s enough time,” said Minneapolis protest leader Nekima Levy Armstrong.
Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams said the sentence was insufficient, “when you think about George being murdered, in cold blood with a knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds execution-style in broad daylight.” LaTonya Floyd, George Floyd’s sister, said of the punishment: “That’s nothing. That’s nothing. He should have got the max, period.”
Twitter users seem to concur. Over the last few hours, the phrase “Not enough” has become a trending topic on the microblogging platform, with many railing against the situation.
“The man stood on another man’s neck in full view of witnesses for nine minutes, killing him. Is there a reason why he didn’t get the max 40 years?” read one outraged post.
“Sickening that Derek Chauvin, a white cop who’s shown no remorse, gets 22.5 years but may only serve 15 years with good behavior for murdering George Floyd – while Willie Simmons, a Black Army vet, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for stealing $9,” countered another.
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