Derek Chauvin pleads guilty in civil case in death of George Floyd

A hearing has been set for Wednesday, a federal docket entry shows, suggesting Chauvin may plead guilty in the case (Image: Reuters)

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is expected to plead guilty to violating George Floyd’s civil rights, according to a notice sent Monday by the court’s electronic filing system.

He is accused of taking Floyd’s right not to be ‘unreasonably occupied, including the right not to be subjected to unjustified use of force by police. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.

However, a hearing has been set for Wednesday, a federal entry showed, suggesting Chauvin will plead guilty in the case.

Chauvin was convicted in April in Minnesota of murder and manslaughter at a trial for Floyd’s murder. Chauvin, who is white, was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.

The former police officer kept his knee on Floyd’s back for more than 9 minutes (Image: Getty Images)

The former police officer rested his head on Floyd’s neck when Floyd, who is black, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Three other former officers helped Chauvin restrain Floyd during his arrest in May 2020.

Floyd’s arrest and death were captured by a bystander using a mobile phone to videotape the incident, sparking nationwide protests calling for an end to racial inequality and mistreatment. of the police against black people in America.

Chauvin and three other former officers – Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao – will go on trial in late January on federal charges that they willfully violated Floyd’s rights.

All three pleaded not guilty. There is no indication that the other defendants intend to change their pleas in the case.

Floyd’s death has sparked nationwide protests to end racial inequality and police mistreatment of black people in the US (Image: Getty Images)

The indictment said ‘the defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground clearly in need of medical attention, and knowingly failed to help Floyd, thereby acting with willful indifference with a significant risk of harm. tell Floyd.’

Evidence in the case shows that Kueng and Lane helped Chauvin restrain Floyd while he was on the ground. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held him back. Thao prevented the people around and did not allow them to interfere in the 9-and-a-half-minute restraint.

All four officers have been charged with violating Floyd’s right not to be unreasonably detained by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. All four officers were also charged with failing to provide medical care to Floyd.

Thao, Kueng and Lane were charged in state court with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. They pleaded not guilty.

That test is now set for March 2022.

Officers are trying to arrest Floyd, 46, on suspicion of using fake $20 to buy cigarettes at a convenience store.

The guilty plea hearing change is scheduled for the United States District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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