Derek Chauvin Pleads Guilty To Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

In Summary

Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in state court for murdering George Floyd, has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in federal court.  

UPDATE – Dec. 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

According to the Associated Press, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights.  

While this plea dismisses the need for a federal trial, it will likely extend the time he will spend behind bars for Floyd’s murder. He is currently serving a 22.5-year sentence after being convicted in Minnesota state court.  

The federal charges he pleaded guilty to include two counts of depriving Floyd of his rights by first kneeling on his neck and second by failing to provide medical care.  

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is expected to plead guilty to federal charges for violating George Floyd’s civil rights.  

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According to the Associated Press, a federal docket entry showed Chauvin is scheduled to change his not guilty plea in the case on Wednesday.  

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Chauvin was convicted in Minneapolis for murdering Floyd in May 2020 after kneeling on the Black man’s neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s death made international news and led to national protests for police reform. Chauvin is now serving a 22.5-year sentence in prison.  

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On the federal level, Chauvin, and the three other officers involved, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, are accused of violating Floyd’s constitutional rights, BNC previously reported. All four were charged with neglecting to provide Floyd with medical assistance after Chauvin took away Floyd’s right to be free from “unreasonable seizure.”  

It remains unclear if Thao, Kueng and Lane also plan to plead guilty to the charges.  

This is a developing story. 

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