Chauvin expected to enter guilty plea in federal civil rights case: Reports

Former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted earlier this year on charges related to the death of George Floyd last year in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He is reportedly now facing federal civil rights violations charges on top of the previous counts — and court filings indicate he might be changing his plea to guilty in that matter.

Details of new federal charges

According to the Washington Examiner, Chauvin initially pleaded not guilty to the federal charges and was expected to go to trial in January alongside J. Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao, the other officers involved in the fatal encounter with Floyd.

It was not clear whether any of the other three defendants are expected to change their pleas.

As CBS News reported, all four former officers had been charged by a federal grand jury with having deprived Floyd of his civil rights through unreasonable force.

That unreasonable force clearly referred to the manner in which Chauvin put his knee in the back of Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes despite the suspect’s cries that he could not breathe.

A hearing set for Wednesday morning is expected to include Chauvin’s plea change.

Additional charges unrelated to Floyd’s death

According to the Star Tribune, Chauvin also faces federal civil rights charges in a separate incident three years earlier in which he allegedly used excessive force to deprive a 14-year-old boy of his rights. The former officer has also pleaded not guilty in that case.

The young teen claimed that Chauvin grabbed him and struck him repeatedly only the head with a flashlight prior to using a neck restraint similar to the one used on Floyd. The incident allegedly caused him to become unconscious due to a lack of oxygen.

Early speculation indicates his decision to plead guilty might come as welcome news to the other three defendants, who have tried to distance themselves from him in the face of criminal charges.

For his part, Chauvin has already been sentenced to serve more than 22 years behind bars on state charges. It is unclear how much federal time he might receive after his expected guilty plea this week.

In any case, Americans from all walks of life should work toward transcending the deep divisions and widespread civil unrest that has stemmed from the death of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin.

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