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Crime Derek Chauvin, former officer accused in George Floyd's death, wants murder charges dismissed

00:26  30 august  2020
00:26  30 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has asked a judge to dismiss murder charges against him in the death of George Floyd .

Derek Chauvin , a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on George Floyd ' s neck before he died, is in custody and has been charged with murder , Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Friday. Chauvin was among the four officers involved in Floyd ' s violent arrest that has

Defense attorneys for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, have asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him, arguing that Floyd's alleged drug use, not the improper use of force by the officer, was to blame for his death.

At the same time, prosecutors in the case against Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers said they plan to seek stiff sentences if the men are convicted. They said in court documents that Floyd was vulnerable because he was handcuffed with his chest pressed against the ground and he was treated "with particular cruelty."

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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin . (Ramsey County Sheriff's Office). Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter as violent protests raged across He has not spoken publicly since Floyd ' s death , and his attorney, Tom Kelly, did not return a call on Friday

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin could receive more than million in pension benefits during his retirement years even if he is convicted of killing George Floyd .

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People gather at the unveiling in Brooklyn, N.Y., of artist Kenny Altidor's memorial portrait of George Floyd who died May 25 May in Minneapolis with police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes. © ANGELA WEISS, AFP via Getty Images People gather at the unveiling in Brooklyn, N.Y., of artist Kenny Altidor's memorial portrait of George Floyd who died May 25 May in Minneapolis with police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.

"Despite Mr. Floyd's pleas that he could not breathe and was going to die, as well as the pleas of eyewitnesses to get off Mr. Floyd and help him, Defendant and his co-defendants continued to restrain Mr. Floyd," the prosecutors wrote.

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The competing scenarios surrounding Floyd's death were put forth in court documents filed on Friday.

Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against the Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and became motionless. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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More details/ charges expected in george floyd case. Freeman says the other BREAKING – MPD Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in the death of #GeorgeFloyd. Chauvin is the former officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd ’ s neck for at

MINNEAPOLIS — Two of the former police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the killing of George Floyd turned on the senior officer accused in the case, making for an Mr. Chauvin quickly took charge . Cellphone video showed that Mr. Chauvin placed his left knee on Mr. Floyd ’ s neck.

The other three officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four were fired.

Under the state’s sentencing guidelines, a conviction on second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder both carry presumptive sentences of 12.5 years. But a judge can order a sentence ranging up to 15 years without departing from the guidelines. For second-degree manslaughter, the guidelines call for four years in prison, or a discretionary range up to 4.75 years.

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Floyd's killing, captured on video, sparked worldwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality.

Defense attorneys sought to put the blame on Floyd for his death, arguing that his alleged drug use was the critical factor.

"Put simply, Mr. Floyd could not breathe because he had ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl and, possibly, a speedball," Chauvin's attorney said in the court documents. "Combined with sickle cell trait, his pre-existing heart conditions, Mr. Floyd’s use of fentanyl and methamphetamine most likely killed him."

They argued that without knowledge of Floyd's alleged drug use or symptoms of overdose, Chauvin "was unaware of the potential dangerous of using MRT (Maximal Restraint Technique)," a reference to the officer's knee on the victim's neck.

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The actions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin are being reviewed by state Three other officers involved in the incident also face charges . The local medical examiner ruled Floyd ' s death a homicide, as did experts hired by his family, although they do not agree on what caused it.

Former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd ’ s neck for about nine minutes. A lethal overdose of fentanyl killed George Floyd , not a knee on his neck, argued a lawyer for former Officer Derek Chauvin in a motion to dismiss the charges against his client filed Friday.

"Instead, he (Chauvin) relied on his training and the information available to him to try and assist his fellow officers and to prevent Mr. Floyd from harming himself," the defense attorneys argued. "Derek Chauvin did not cause George Floyd’s death."

Contributing: Associated Press

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Three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police spurred national unrest and widespread reforms, America's racial reckoning exploded when Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a White officer. © Morry Gash/AP A flag flies over a department of corrections building ablaze during protests, late Monday, August 24 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police officer a day earlier. Floyd was handcuffed and unarmed in late May when he died, after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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