Officer Derek Chauvin Has 3rd Degree Murder Charges Against Him Dropped

( – The wheels of justice continue turning slowly, especially in the upcoming trial for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer facing charges connected with the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Chauvin faced charges of second and third-degree murder and manslaughter for his alleged role in the incident. District Court Judge Peter Cahill granted a defense motion to dismiss the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin during an October 22 hearing, but left the remaining charges intact.

Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after Chauvin, a white man, pressed his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck for “nine-plus minutes,” according to court records. The local medical examiner ruled the death a homicide in June.

Chauvin remains out on bond, along with three other police officers charged in the incident for lesser crimes. The trial for all four officers is scheduled for March, and Chauvin faces decades in prison if convicted.

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