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Appeals Court To Weigh 3rd-degree Murder Charge For Chauvin


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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has agreed to consider a request by prosecutors to reinstate a third degree murder charge against the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with the death of George Floyd.

MINNEAPOLIS: The Minnesota Court of Appeals has agreed to consider a request by prosecutors to reinstate a third degree murder charge against the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with the death of George Floyd.

Jury selection begins March 8 for Derek Chauvin, charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. The appeals court presented oral arguments for March 1 on the addition of the charge.

Last October, Judge Peter Cahill dismissed a third degree murder charge, which would require proof that someone’s conduct was eminently dangerous to others, not just Floyd. Cahill said there was no evidence that Chauvin’s actions were dangerous to anyone.

Prosecutors asked Cahill to reinstate the charge earlier this month. They cited a three-judge appeals panel that upheld a third degree murder conviction against former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor for the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017, an unarmed Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault. In the Noor decision, the court ruled that a conviction for third degree murder can stand even if the action that caused the death was against a person. Cahill denied the request, saying the Noor decision would only set a precedent after further proceedings in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to Floyds’ neck as he was handcuffed and said he couldn’t breathe. Floyds’ death sparked protests in Minneapolis and beyond, and led to a national race calculation. Three other officers Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao are accused of aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter and are expected to be tried in August.

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