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George Floyd's daughter gave a heartbreaking statement as killer cop Derek Chauvin was jailed for 22 years and a half over her dad's murder.

Gianna Floyd spoke to the court via video as Chauvin sat before the judge yesterday.

The seven-year-old said she misses spending time with her dad and playing with him.

Delivering a family impact statement ahead of Chauvin's sentencing, Gianna said: "I ask about him all the time. I was asking how did my dad get hurt.

"I want to play with him, have fun, go to the playground."

Remembering her daily life with her dad, who was murdered in May 2020, the girl said: "We used to have dinner every single night before we went to bed.

"My daddy always used to help me brush my teeth."

Gianna Floyd said she misses her dad George Floyd
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Gianna said she now misses those moments – and added she knew that "mean people" had done something to her dad.

Asked what she would say to him if she could see George Floyd again, she said: "It would be I miss you and I love you."

Mr Floyd's brother Terrence Floyd addressed Chauvin directly during his victim impact statement in court.

He asked: "What was going through your head as you had your knee on my brother's neck?"

George Floyd died in police custody in May 2020
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He told the judge he wanted the maximum sentence, adding: "We don't want to see no more slaps on the wrist. We've been through that already."

Former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years and a half in prison for George Floyd's murder, a video of which sparked protests against racism.

The video showed the killer cop pressing his knee on Mr Floyd's neck for nine minutes, with him saying he could not breathe.

Derek Chauvin was jailed for 22 years and a half
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On April 20, Chauvin was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Mr Floyd.

Yesterday, Chauvin briefly removed his face mask in court and said he could not give a full statement due to "additional legal matters" – but he did not specify what he meant.

He said: "But very briefly though, I do want to give my condolences to the Floyd family.

"There's going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope things will give you some peace of mind. Thank you."

George Floyd's daughter testified via video before the sentencing of Derek Chauvin
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His sentence was one of the longest given a former police officer for using unlawful deadly force in the United States, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office prosecuted the case, told reporters.

Ellison said: "Today's sentencing is not justice but it is another moment of real accountability on the road to justice."

Mr Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams said outside the courthouse: "We were served a life sentence. We can't get George back."

Speaking before the sentencing, Chauvin's mother described him as a "good man" and said she believes he is innocent.

Despite evidence of her son's guilt, Carolyn Pawlenty, told the court: "My son's identity has also been reduced to that of a racist.

"I want this court to know that none of these things are true and that my son is a good man."

She continued: "Derek has played over and over again in his head the events of that day.

"I have seen the toll it has taken on him. I believe a lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well. When you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me."