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Derek Chauvin is expected to plead guilty to federal civil rights charges

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Before Minneapolis Cop Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in May 2020 the death of George Floyd, is expected to change his plea from not guilty to guilty in a federal lawsuit alleging that he violated Mr. Floyd’s civil rights.

Chauvin is accused of using “the color of the law” to deny Mr Floyd’s constitutional right to “be free from the unjustifiable use of force”. Chauvin was charged along with three other former officers – Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

On May 25, 2020, Chauvin used his knee on Floyd’s neck to pin him down for more than nine minutes. The other three officers made no attempt to stop him.

The federal charges state that “this offense resulted in the bodily injury and death of George Floyd”. Minnesota has separate cases against officers, Star Tribune reported.

Four officers pleaded not guilty to federal charges in September, but a court filed Monday Minnesota The district court said Chauvin will appear in court on Wednesday to issue a new guilty plea.

In the state’s case against Chauvin, he was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.

The Independent has contacted Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, for comment.

On November 5 of this year, a judge pleaded not guilty to tax evasion on behalf of Chauvin and his ex-wife.

Washington County District Judge Sheridan Hawley also set the next court date in the case to be January 21. The test date has not been decided yet.

Chauvin appeared via Launch for a brief hearing from the state’s maximum security prison at Oak Park Heights, where he is serving his sentence for second-degree murder in April.

Sitting in the prison boardroom and wearing a white T-shirt, Chauvin said little except “yes, your honor,” to answer routine questions from the judge. Kellie Chauvin appeared from another location.

Nine tax evasion charges filed in July 2020 allege that Derek and Kellie Chauvin declared their joint income of $464,433 between 2014 and 2019, including more than $95,000 for security work outside his duty. Kellie Chauvin is a real estate agent and also runs a photography business. At the time, prosecutors said they owed the state $37,868, including unpaid taxes, interest and fees. Prosecutors said the tax investigation began before Floyd’s death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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JACLYN DIAZ

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