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Derek Chauvin Changes Plea To Guilty In Federal Civil Rights Case

Derek Chauvin Changes Plea To Guilty In Federal Civil Rights Case

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, convicted in the murder of George Floyd after a video filmed by a bystander showed the then-officer kneeling on Floyd’s back, depriving him of oxygen, over a period of around ten minutes, is back in court. This time it’s on Federal charges — and he’s changing his plea.

BROOKLYN, NY – JUNE 19: A statue of George Floyd is unveiled at Flatbush Junction on June 19, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mr. Floyds murder, at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, last year fueled a global movement for racial justice. The unveiling of the statue happened just days after Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

According to the New York Times, the change of plea hearing, in which Chauvin pled guilty, “was most likely among the longest periods he has spent outside a prison cell” since his guilty verdict in April. Chauvin is already sentenced to 22.5 years for murder charges, and in pleading guilty to Federal charges of civil rights violations, he is asking to be sentenced to 25 years, in a Federal prison.

He’s asking to serve this sentence concurrently, so it would only add 2.5 years to his total time, and would move him to a Federal facility.

Three other former officers who were present and have been charged in Floyd’s death were scheduled to face trial in August, NPR reports, but their case has been delayed until March of 2022. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are each charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Like Chauvin, they will face both Federal and state charges.

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A date has not yet been set for Chauvin’s sentencing on the Federal charges, but his change of plea to guilty is expected to shorten the process, bypassing a trial that may have been lengthy and difficult for Floyd’s loved ones.

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