The murder of George Floyd sparked national outrage, where many people across the Globe participated in protests. We already saw the officers that were involved in the death of Breonna Taylor get off and now it seems like George Floyd’s killer is trending in the same fashion. Derek Chauvin was the police officer responsible for the killing of Floyd. The former officer was recorded kneeling on the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes and cutting off his airway.
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A judge upheld second-degree murder and manslaughter charges against Derek Chauvin. The former police officer now faces up to a total of 55 years in prison for killing George Floyd. Judge Peter Cahill dismissed a less serious third-degree murder charge, saying that charge would be appropriate if Chauvin’s actions were “eminently dangerous” to others. But, “the evidence presented by the state does not indicate that Chauvin’s actions were eminently dangerous to anyone other than Floyd.” Cahill also rejected requests to dismiss the charges of aiding and abetting murder for the other three officers involved with Floyd’s killing. Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao ignored Floyd’s pleas, as Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly eight minutes. They face up to 40 years in prison for the charge. #Police #PoliceBrutality #PoliceViolence #Cops #Minnesota #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #ICantBreathe #BLM #blacklivesmatter #DerekChauvin #Racism
Well, Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder, second-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter days after Floyd’s death. We have just learned that one of those charges was dropped. According to CNN, a Hennepin County judge has dismissed the third-degree murder charges against Chauvin. The second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges remain. Chauvin was released on a one million dollar bail earlier this month.
Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and Alexander Kueng are the other officers involved in the case. They are only looking at charges associated with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
We will keep you updated as the story continues to develop in this case.