News Former Minneapolis police officer sentenced for killing George Floyd’s SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Friday, Jun. 25th, 2021 Vista Stock photo Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 and a half years in jail for the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death in April. Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin, who is white, pinned the Black man to the ground with a knee on his neck. Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe and a video of the murder went viral.