Rhode Island activists react to Chauvin sentencing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Derek Chauvin was sentenced on Friday to 22.5 years in prison, after murdering George Floyd last May.

Activists in Rhode Island aren’t satisfied with the sentencing.

The founder Black Lives Matter Rhode Island, Brother Gary Danzler, says that the sentencing is an insult.

“It’s an insult to the American people. When you talk about justice in this country, we don’t get justice at all,” he said.

ABC6 also spoke with Providence residents on Friday, getting their reaction to Chauvin’s fate.

“I think it was enough for me actually. He got what he deserved,” said Victor Arroyo.

“Yeah it was way too lenient. I think it’s just another example of the system favoring privileged people and I think the reality of it is he’s only going to serve 15 of those years,” said Jesse Sullivan.

Despite frustrations, Black Lives Matter encourages Rhode Islanders to stay hopeful.

We stay positive no matter what in the community, and things will happen. I believe in the better change one day I think that the system will change be positive and be optimistic and also be understanding that we’re dealing with a lawless system,” said Danzler.

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