Disgraced cop, and murderer of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin is expected to plead guilty in connection to federal hate crime violations, according to court records.
Floyd and other Minneapolis police were federally charged in connection to Floyd’s death. Chauvin was convicted in Minnesota court of murder for Floyd’s death. Chauvin initially pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.
But court records filed this week that Chauvin is expected to change that plea during a Dec. 15 hearing.
The Department of Justice announced on May 7 indictments against Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane. The federal charges are in addition to state counts in connection to Floyd’s death in May 2020.
The officers were charged with violating Floyd’s civil rights while acting as cops, according to federal prosecutors. The feds alleged Chauvin violated Floyd’s rights by putting his knee across the suspect’s neck while he was on the ground and unresponsive.
The indictment alleged that Floyd had a constitutional right to be free from the unreasonable force by a police officer that resulted in his death.
Thao and Kueng did not intervene to stop Chauvin’s “unreasonable” use of force, according to the indictment. All four officers also saw Floyd on the ground in need of medical attention and failed to provide aid, prosecutors noted.
Officers were called to a Minneapolis grocery store on May 25, 2020, after Floyd used a fake $20 bill. They found him and Hall in a nearby car and went to speak to them. Floyd did not follow the officer’s commands and was arrested.
Police took Floyd to a SUV, where they tried to force him inside, but Floyd resisted and said he was claustrophobic and couldn’t breathe. Chauvin put his knee across the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes during the arrest.
Witnesses filmed the encounter and pleaded with the cops to let go of Floyd, but they refused to budge.
The video of the arrest was shared on social media and sparked protests across the nation.
It wasn’t until EMS arrived that police let go of Floyd. He was taken to a hospital, where Floyd was pronounced dead.