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Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, would change his plea of not guilty for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, who died in May 2020 after being suffocated by the former agent.
The United States District Court announced Monday that a guilty plea hearing change was scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Former officers Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao were formally indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly depriving Floyd of his rights while acting under the authority of the government on 25 years of 2020.
Given this, the four former officers pleaded not guilty to those charges in September, including Chauvin.
According to sources collected by CBS MinnesotaChauvin’s plea talks have dragged on for six months and have been interrupted at times.
However, according to the source, Chauvin plans to plead guilty in federal court to violating Floyd’s civil rights, so it will be the first time that Chauvin testifies about what happened after Floyd’s murder.
Likewise, he is expected to not only testify in the federal trial scheduled for late January, but also in a state trial that will begin in March.
While Chauvin faced a life sentence of being convicted of the federal charges he faces, Mike Brandt, a local criminal defense attorney unaffiliated with the case, told CBS Minnesota that This deal could mean Chauvin gets out of prison at some point.
“They must have negotiated something that is going to save him some time, you know, in prison for the rest of his life, so he can come out sometime and have some life left,” Brandt said.
Chauvin’s plea change is seen as positive for Nekima Levy Armstrong, a local civil rights leader.
“I think it is definitely a step in the right direction, that you will have to accept responsibility in a court of law. We may get a chance to hear from Dereck Chauvin about the damage he caused and hopefully that will bring a little closure to Floyd’s family, ”Armstrong stated.
The case of George Floyd’s death caused shock and outrage in the United States and beyond. When detained by the four accused officers, he was cornered by Chauvin, who rested his knee on his back for several times despite the fact that the African-American man kept telling him that he could not breathe. Later Floyd passed away.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.