The fight for justice in the murder of Black man George Floyd remains an uphill battle. A Hennepin County judge has reportedly removed a third-degree murder charge against ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in the slaying of Floyd but denied the defendant’s request to dismiss two other charges against him.
Breaking: George Floyd Killer Given Pity
According to reports, Chauvin still faces a higher charge of second-degree unintentional murder and a second-degree manslaughter charge.
Chauvin, who was released on $1 million bond earlier this month, was seen in videos of the incident kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes, while the Black man told Chauvin and three other officers — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — that he couldn’t breathe. In the ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Peter Cahill also denied motions to dismiss charges against the other now-former Minneapolis police officers, who have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. (CNN)
George Floyd’s Murderer Freed
According to reports, the terminated law enforcement official remained in custody for months prior to early October 2020. Chauvin posted a non-cash bond and his attorney Eric Nelson didn’t immediately address the release details.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, was released on a million dollar bond Wednesday. Chauvin, 44, is facing murder and manslaughter charges after video showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes during an arrest on May 25. He was released Wednesday on a conditional release and is expected to appear in court in March of next year, according to his notice of release filed in court. Four officers were terminated from the department and charged in Floyd’s death, which sparked protests over racial injustice across the globe. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. (NBC News)
Derek Chauvin Bail Set
In June 2020, Chauvin – who went viral for using his knee to ultimately end George’s life during an arrest – had his bail set during a hearing.
Like his fellow officers who were arrested, Chauvin was offered a reduced bail of $1 million if he agrees to certain conditions, including that he not work in security or law enforcement, not have contact with Floyd’s family, not leave Minnesota and surrender all firearms and permits. If he posts bail, his release would be supervised, Judge Jeannice Reding said. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, blue mask and handcuffs, Chauvin appeared via video link. He is being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights in Stillwater, outside Minneapolis. (CNN)
Dave Chappelle Addresses’s Floyd’s Murder
As a result of the outcries from the George Floyd murder, comedian Dave Chappelle released his emotionally-driven “8:46” special to share his take on the aftermath.
The comedian performed the special on June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, for a socially-distanced audience that all wore masks in an outdoor concert setup. Chappelle noted during the set, “This is like the first concert in North America since all this shit happened, so like it or not, it’s history. It’s going to be in the books.” Given its title, much of Chappelle’s “8:46″ special centers around the death of George Floyd and the international protests that have taken place as a result. The comedian praised protestors for standing up against police brutality but added, “It’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m not going to say it yet.” (Yahoo! Entertainment)