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US Criminal Charges in George Floyd's Death Set Up Legal Battle

02:16  30 may  2020
02:16  30 may  2020 Source:   online.wsj.com

Surveillance video does not support police claims that George Floyd resisted arrest

  Surveillance video does not support police claims that George Floyd resisted arrest Surveillance video from outside a Minneapolis restaurant appears to contradict police claims that George Floyd resisted arrest before an officer knelt on his neck. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Floyd's death this week sparked protests across the country after video emerged that shows the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck.

Media captionMinnesota governor on George Floyd death : 'Thank God a young person had a camera to video it'. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said A former local nightclub owner has said Mr Chauvin and Mr Floyd both worked as bouncers at his venue in south Minneapolis up until last year, though it

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Prosecutors will face a challenging legal battle in pursuing criminal charges against at least one of the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd.

With remarkable swiftness amid violent unrest, prosecutors in Hennepin County announced charges on Friday against one of the white officers involved, accusing Derek Chauvin of third-degree murder and manslaughter. Mr. Chauvin was arrested and taken into custody. He hadn’t been arraigned or entered a plea on Friday.

Video footage showed Mr. Floyd passing out while pinned on the pavement under Mr. Chauvin’s knee during an arrest, touching off waves of protests, looting and rioting.

Ellison expects charges soon against officers tied to George Floyd's death

  Ellison expects charges soon against officers tied to George Floyd's death Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Friday that he has “every expectation” authorities will press charges against the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death this week of George Floyd. In a live interview on CNN, Ellison attributed the lack of charges several days since Floyd died to prosecutors with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office “trying to be careful” to make sure they have a case that is “air tight” and won’t fall apart because of pressure to file more quickly than the evidence allows.

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Floyd ' s death "has mushroomed into this crisis," one activist said. Criminal justice and use-of-force experts believe Derek Chauvin, who was fired along with three other officers for their roles in the Memorial Day incident, will Full coverage of George Floyd ' s death and protests around the country.

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To support a third-degree murder charge, prosecutors don’t have to show the killing was intentional. But they need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer caused the death by acting with a “depraved mind without regard for human life,” according to Minnesota law. The video alone may not be enough evidence to secure a conviction, said Richard Frase, a criminal-law professor at Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis.

He said prosecutors will have to argue that Mr. Chauvin, who has been fired from his job, knew that pressing his knee against Mr. Floyd’s neck could have deadly consequences but didn’t care.

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  Dozens protest at U.S. embassy in Paris in solidarity with George Floyd Dozens protest at U.S. embassy in Paris in solidarity with George Floyd , an African-American whose death in police custody last week has sparked unrest in the United States. © Reuters/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN Protest against the death of George Floyd, in Paris Most dressed in black and wearing face masks due to the coronavirus crisis, the demonstrators held signs saying: "Racism is choking us," "Justice for Floyd" and "I can't breathe" -- the last words Floyd gasped as a white officer knelt on his neck.

George Floyd ’ s death in Minneapolis police custody has touched a particular nerve in New York because of his dying words, “I can’t breathe.” They have prompted comparisons to Eric Garner, who said the same before he was killed by a police officer on Staten Island in 2014. Mr. Garner’ s death

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The local prosecutor, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, had prepared the public for a time-consuming probe. Mr. Chauvin’s arrest came less than a week after the incident and before the local medical examiner’s office has completed an autopsy and determined the cause of death.

In comparison, it took the same prosecution team eight months to bring identical charges against another Minneapolis officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman in 2017. That officer was convicted and sentenced last year to 12 ½ years in prison.

Mr. Freeman’s office still needs to present the case against Mr. Chauvin to a grand jury for an indictment, a process that could take months.

Investigators will need to compile additional evidence beyond the explosive video that much of the public has seen, including witness statements, said Joe Van Thomme, a city prosecutor in Minneapolis and former chairman of the local bar association’s criminal law committee.

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The medical examiner hasn’t determined a final cause of death. However, according to preliminary findings in the complaint, Mr. Floyd’s treatment by police, underlying heart disease and hypertension, “and any potential drugs in his system” likely contributed to his death.

“The challenge is getting the evidence together the way you would be able to prosecute the case in a court of law,” he said.

Along with the local investigation, the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division is also examining Mr. Floyd’s death.

The federal criminal statute commonly used to prosecute police misconduct requires proof an officer on the job not only acted with excessive force but willfully violated someone’s constitutional rights. A misperception or poor judgment alone isn’t enough to get a conviction.

Federal prosecutors have charged hundreds of law enforcement officers with civil-rights violations over the last decade.

Such federal probes can take months or even years to complete. And some of the most controversial use-of-force cases never yielded criminal charges or convictions.

George Floyd's family calls for all officers charged, arrested: 'We cannot have two justice systems in America'

  George Floyd's family calls for all officers charged, arrested: 'We cannot have two justice systems in America' George Floyd’s family demanded Wednesday that all four officers involved in his death be arrested and charged before the memorial in his honor scheduled to be held in Minneapolis Thursday.The lead attorney for the Floyd family, Ben Crump, joined by Floyd’s son Quincy Mason, held a press conference Wednesday in Minneapolis in the same spot captured on video Memorial Day. Floyd is seen in the footage in custody with a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee to his neck and is heard saying, “I cannot breathe.

Minnesota Attorney General expects 'there WILL be charges ' against the four cops in George Floyd ' s death - but officers say they will NOT cooperate and are pleading the fifth. Floyd died in custody while exclaiming that he couldn't breathe as Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd ' s neck.

“ George Floyd ’ s death represents every fight, every battle for black progress in this city,” said Mike Griffin, a longtime community organizer in Minneapolis. “We want justice for George Floyd ,” he continued, “but this is also about black dignity. We have had to fight tooth and nail for even the most

In 2015, state prosecutors in Maryland charged six Baltimore police officers for their alleged roles in the death of Freddie Gray in a police van. Three of the officers were acquitted, and prosecutors dropped the charges against the others. The Justice Department declined to pursue civil-rights charges.

No indictment ever followed the 2014 death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. Video footage showed a police officer putting Mr. Garner in a chokehold while struggling to make an arrest. Five years after the incident, federal prosecutors said they concluded the chokehold wasn’t intentional or conclusively the cause of death.

More recently, a federal jury last year convicted a St. Paul (Minn.) Police Department officer of using excessive force against an unarmed 52-year-old man. He was brutally kicked in the ribs and attacked by a K-9 dog after police thought he matched a vague description of a black man said to be involved in a street fight.

Write to Jacob Gershman at jacob.gershman@wsj.com and Deanna Paul at deanna.paul@wsj.com

Loud silence: "Silent Demos" planned against racism .
In Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Mannheim, people with silent "Silent Demos" want to protest against racism this Saturday. The occasion is the death of African American George Floyd, who died in the United States on May 25 after a policeman had kneeled his neck for minutes. "Racism is also active in Germany," said the organizer of the Stuttgart demo, Nadia Asiamah. © Photo: Uwe Anspach / dpa A graffiti, candles, flowers and stones in memory of George Floyd in Mannheim.

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