Derek Chauvin learned his fate on Friday — and the reaction in Hollywood was mixed.
The former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose filmed death sparked a worldwide movement against racial injustice.
The sentence fell short of the 30 years requested by prosecutors, but went beyond the 12.5 year sentence prescribed under state guidelines.
With good behavior, the 45-year-old could be paroled by his 60th birthday.
Reaction to the news in Hollywood was mixed; some felt it was too lenient, while some described it as a win; others still appeared to simply accept it with muted helplessness:
Bye Derek. Fuck you Derek. https://t.co/NhnTbA1zy7
— Poor Kid Who Chased His Dreams. (@DaveBautista) June 25, 2021
Derek Chauvin is a murderer.
A murderer who watched multiple people plead for the life of the man he killed in broad daylight.
A murderer who placed the full weight of his body on another human being’s neck and felt the life drain out of him.
Derek Chauvin is a murderer.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 25, 2021
22 ½ years. K.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 25, 2021
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) June 25, 2021
I mean, it’s won’t bring Mr. Floyd back, it’s not real justice, but this is good, right? https://t.co/5IKEc2Alsk
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 25, 2021
Very disappointing. #ChauvinSentencing
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) June 25, 2021
Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for murdering George Floyd. That’s double the sentence Mohamed Noor got, and far more than the laughable probation the defense asked for.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) June 25, 2021
Chauvin’s attorney just said Chauvin’s brain is “littered with what-ifs.” For example, what if I just didn’t come into work that day? How about . . . what if I had simply stood up, simply raised my knee off George Floyd’s neck? That the only what-if that matters. #JusticeMatters
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) June 25, 2021
Sorry mama chauvin ,your son is NOT a good man.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) June 25, 2021
22.5 YEARS! This historic sentence brings the Floyd family and our nation one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability.
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) June 25, 2021
Mom Not Wanting Her Son 2 Be Gone,But GEORGE FLOYD’S MOM WILL “NEVER” SEE HER SON AGAIN💔.Chauvin’s Lawyer Said”If Only He Hadn’t Gone 2 Work That Day,Answered That call.”
I SAY”IF ONLY HE HADNT PUT HIS WEIGHT ON GEORGE’S NECK FOR 9 MINS.HE HAD 9 MINS
— Cher (@cher) June 25, 2021
Not nearly long enough.
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) June 25, 2021
BREAKING: The moment George Floyd’s killer cop Derek Chauvin heard he was being jailed for 22.5 years for his despicable crime.
Rot in jail you callous pr*ck. pic.twitter.com/erYEcOhnYI
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 25, 2021
..but what has been done to stop the systems in place from having a tragedy like this happen again? https://t.co/MI8IUem32G
— Aubrey O'Day (@AubreyODay) June 25, 2021
If you’re wondering if Derek Chauvin’s sentence is fair, Chauvin will be 60 years old when he’s released from prison after serving 15 years of his 22 1/2-year sentence. George Floyd was murdered by Chauvin when he was 46. Floyd can never resume his life. Chauvin can.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 25, 2021
I am praying for the Floyd family.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 25, 2021
22.5 years is not long enough.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 25, 2021
22.5 years is not enough for Derek Chauvin MURDERING George Floyd in broad daylight when we have people serving life sentences for non violent crimes
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) June 25, 2021
Derek Chauvin was just sentenced to 270 months (22.5 years) for the murder of George Floyd.
As a public defender, I represented a man who was facing life in prison for stealing a jacket.
— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) June 25, 2021
I mean… Derek Chauvin's mom just said that she's read letters from around the world that "also believe in your innocence."
Which… like… what those letters are saying is not that he's innocent but that choking Black people to death is no crime.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 25, 2021