A Hennepin County, Minneapolis judge has dismissed Derek Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge in the unjust killing of George Floyd. Chauvin’s legal team wanted ask charges dropped but he’s still facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Judge Peter A. Cahill denied the motions to dismiss the aiding and abetting charges against the other three officers charged in Floyd’s death: Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane. Fox reports “Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison called the judge’s decision to keep eight of the nine total charges against the four officers ‘an important, positive step forward in the path toward justice for George Floyd, his family, our community and Minnesota.’”
Gov. Tim Walz added that this is an “important step toward justice for George Floyd.”
George Floyd was murdered in a modern-day lynching at the hands of police on March 25th. Chauvin is the officer seen in the horrific/traumatizing video, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes, while Floyd told Chauvin and three other officers that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s murder sparked national outrage and global protests.
Chauvin was recently released on a $1 million bond.