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Chauvin Waltzes Past Third Degree Murder Charge

Chauvin Waltzes Past Third Degree Murder Charge

Third-Degree Murder charges dropped in Floyd case

A Hennepin County judge dismissed a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin faced multiple charges and though the former officer escaped the third-degree murder charge, he was unable to tango through the other two charges including second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The dismissal of the third-degree charge may have thrown some for a loop. Especially after three Louisville officers slid past fate by avoiding any charges related to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Chauvin was released on a $1 million bond earlier in the month. Along with three other former officers— You Thao, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander, and Kueng were involved in the incident that took George Floyd’s life on May 25. George Floyd’s death added to the list of Black people lost at the hands of a police officer and sparked controversy in an already polarized and pandemic stricken nation.

Video footage of the incident shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for approximately eight minutes. Two other officers kneeled on Floyd’s torso and lower extremities while the other stood there as onlookers pleaded with officers to retreat in some way.

Never forget their names.

While racial tensions continue to linger like a dark cloud over the U.S., black men dying at the hands of a police officer seem to be the highlight of America’s never-ending drama. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others unmentioned are names that will forever be intertwined with race wars in America.

Will the other defendants skate by the judge?

In September, Thao, Lane, and Kueng filed motions to dismiss their charges including abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Judge Peter Cahill also denied the three other former officers’ motions for dismissal. Recent incidents of police violence have persuaded government officials to implement police reforms in some U.S. cities like Louisville, Minneapolis, and Spokane.

The lead prosecutor and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison expressed in a statement, “The court has sustained eight out of nine charges against the defendants in the murder of George Floyd, including the most serious charges against all four defendants,” Ellison said. “We look forward to presenting the prosecution’s case to a jury in Hennepin County.”

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