Floyd was detained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, after a convenience store clerk contacted 911 to report Floyd purchasing smokes with a counterfeit $20 cash.
Floyd died as a result of the harshness with which the officers who detained him treated him.
The death of the 46-year-old black man caused a worldwide outcry, with demonstrators defying COVID-19 regulations and marching across the United States.
The demonstrations expanded to other regions of the globe as well.
In his ruling, Justice Peter Cahill of a Minnesota court, held that “the sentence is not based on emotion or sympathy, but I want to acknowledge the pain both families are feeling, especially George Floyd’s.”
“My comments are actually going to be very brief, because most of it is going to be in writing,” he held.
“This is a legal analysis that is not based on emotion or sympathy. However, I acknowledge the pain felt in this courtroom and outside the courtroom.”
Prosecutors had asked for a 30-year prison sentence but the judge handed a 22-year sentence to Chauvin.
Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April 21, on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.