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David Chauvin charged with 3rd degree murder in George Floyd’s murder

David Chauvin,former Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than 8 1/2 minutes was fired on Tuesday, along with the three other officers involved in the arrest of Floyd, and arrested on Friday at 11:44 a.m. in Minneapolis .

Chauvin faces charges of third degree murder and manslaughter, and could get upto 25years in prison if convicted.More charges are to be anticipated, possibly against some of the other three officers.

However,Floyd’s family represented by civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump felt the officer should be facing a first-degree murder charge which under Minnesota statutes, is defined as a slaying that includes “premeditation and with intent to effect the death of the person or of another.”

Apparently,George Floyd and fired police officer Derek Chauvin knew each other for many years because they worked security at the same night club El Nuevo Rodeo on Lake Street.

“They were both bouncers at that restaurant for 17 years,” Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told CNN. “So, Officer Chauvin, he knew George. They were co-workers for a really long time.”

According to a statement made by the family, “The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. We expected a first-degree murder charge,”  “And we want to see the other officers arrested. We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer.”

As per the state charging documents and complaint, “Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of George Floyd by his culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk and taking a chance of causing death or great bodily harm to George Floyd.”

Floyd had been handcuffed for allegedly passing a phony $20 bill at the corner store. He refused to get into a squad car and was “intentionally falling down,” saying he was claustrophobic and struggling to breathe.

“While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe,” the document said.

When the cuffed Floyd was eventually put facedown on the pavement, the “defendant placed his left knee in the area of Mr. Floyd’s head and neck,” according to prosecutors.

“Mr. Floyd said, ‘I can’t breathe’ multiple times and repeatedly said, ‘Mama’ and ‘please,’ as well.”

One of Chauvin’s colleagues suggested rolling Floyd on to his side but Chauvin allegedly said, “No, staying put where we got him.”

When Floyd stopped moving, Officer J. Alexander Kueng “checked Mr. Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse and said, ‘I couldn’t find one.’ None of the officers moved from their positions,” the complaint said.

However in a twist of events,after an autopsy,the medical examiner found no evidence that Floyd died from traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.The report says that instead, Floyd had coronary artery and hypertensive heart disease and, “the combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”

The findings were immediately met with skepticism across social media, with many dismissing the report as an attempt to change the narrative surrounding the investigation.

Crump confirmed the Floyd family hired former NYC medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden to conduct an independent autopsy. Baden, who has performed private autopsies on both Jeffrey Epstein and Michael Brown is expected to share his findings sometime next week.

Image: George Floyd

George Floyd.Courtesy photo
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