Ex-cop Chauvin in Floyd killing asks judge to dismiss case
Published: 08:51 PM, 29 August 2020
Police officer Derek Chaovin, the prime accused in the killing of George Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him in the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, who died in police custody in the state on May 25.
According to court papers on Friday, Chauvin’s attorney says there is “no reason” to support the charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
On the other hand, the prosecutors filed a notice that they will be asking for “moving the sentence forward” in the case of Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Kiernan Lane and Tou Thao.
“Floyd was treated with particular cruelty,” prosecutors wrote, mentioning, “Despite Floyd’s pleas that he could not breathe and was going to die, as well as the pleas of eyewitnesses to get off Floyd and help him, Defendant and his codefendants continued to restrain him.”
Meanwhile, the other three former officers earlier filed motions to dismiss, but Judge Peter Cahill has not yet ruled on any of them.
They were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd’s killing sparked protests against systemic racism and police brutality around the world. He died after Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes.