Update: Judge Rules Derek Chauvin Qualifies for a Longer Sentence

  Update 05/12/2021 10:14pm: According to reports, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled that Derek Chauvin qualifies for a longer prison sentence as a result of “aggravating factors.” Cahill said the prosecution proved Chauvin’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” and that the ex-officer “abused his position of authority.” But Cahill said Chauvin’s qualification for a stiffer sentence came from how he treated George Floyd with a “particular cruelty.” “When it became clear even to the bystanders that George Floyd was in medical distress, was no longer responsive, and had…

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Update: Derek Chauvin Indicted in 2017 Incident Involving Black Teen

  Update 05/07/2021 10:34pm: Derek Chauvin, who was recently convicted on state murder charges for the killing of George Floyd last May, is now facing a second indictment for a 2017 incident with a black teen. A federal grand jury indicted Chauvin for allegedly using unreasonable force against the then 14-year-old boy. The two-count indictment says the former officer “held Juvenile by the throat and struck Juvenile 1 multiple times in the head with a flashlight.” “This offense included the use of a dangerous weapon — a flashlight — and…

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GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH 4 Ex-Cops Charged … FEDS SAY THEY VIOLATED HIS CIVIL RIGHTS

8:11 AM PT — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison commends the feds on the indictment of the former officers, calling it “entirely appropriate, particularly now that Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder.” Ellison adds that the State is working hard to present its case against the other 3 defendants later this summer. A federal grand jury has charged Derek Chauvin and the 3 other former Minneapolis PD officers involved in George Floyd‘s arrest with violating his civil rights. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao appeared Friday via video conference in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis following…

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DEREK CHAUVIN APPEAL FIGHT FOR NEW TRIAL WILL RAISE JUROR And His Photo at MLK Rally

The Derek Chauvin trial juror who was photographed at an MLK rally last year — wearing a shirt with the words “Get your knee off our necks” — will absolutely be a key factor in Chauvin’s attempt to get a new trial … TMZ has learned. As you know, Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson filed a motion Tuesday requesting a new trial. The docs made no specific mention of the juror, Brandon Mitchell, but did use the words “jury misconduct.” Sources familiar tell us the Mitchell issue is on the table and WILL be addressed…

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GEORGE FLOYD MURDER LEGAL TEAM SAYS CHAUVIN’S APPEAL IS TOAST … Thanks to Juror Speaking Out

Ben Crump, attorney for George Floyd‘s family, says Derek Chauvin has no chance to successfully appeal his guilty verdict … and it’s all because of what at least one juror is saying about the murder trial. Crump tells TMZ … Juror #52, Brandon Mitchell, shed a lot of light on the Chauvin deliberations and, in the process, “completely obliterates” any argument the defense is planning to make about outside public opinions swaying the jury. You’ll recall, Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, asked Judge Cahill for a mistrial because Rep. Maxine Waters had encouraged folks to “get more confrontational” while protesting…

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DEREK CHAUVIN JUROR NO PRESSURE FOR A GUILTY VERDICT … Hardest Part Was Déjà Vu

One of the jurors on Derek Chauvin‘s trial says there was no pressure to reach a guilty verdict — but does explain the most difficult part of the job … seeing the videos on replay. Brandon Mitchell — Juror #52 on the case — did an early blitz of interviews Wednesday morning … sitting down with ‘CBS This Morning’ and ‘Good Morning America.’ He offered interesting insights on both, but told CBS what everyone’s been wanting to know. Gayle King asked Mitchell if he or his peers felt heat from the public to…

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O.J. Simpson Defends Deshaun Watson, Speaks on Derek Chauvin Case

  Deshaun Watson has been in the news after it was revealed that he was being accused of sexual assault by several women. Since then, Watson has denied the allegations against him. Now, O.J. Simpson has taken to Twitter to give his take on the situation with Watson, as well as comment on the Derek Chauvin case. While Simpson was in defense of Watson, he had some words for Chauvin, essentially telling him not to complain about the venue’s location, and “let the legal system work.” Simpson said “I’m a…

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GEORGE FLOYD TRIAL Minneapolis Hiring Influencers … FOR ‘CITY-APPROVED’ MESSAGING

George Floyd‘s murder case is bound to be the new trial of the century — and it seems Minneapolis wants to get ahead of any bad publicity … ’cause they’re bringing on “influencers” to peddle their narrative as it unfolds. The City Council made the announcement this week, saying they’re rolling out a new initiative ahead of jury selection/opening arguments next month … namely, to partner with influential social media users to share public information with underserved communities — some of which, they say, might not tune in or have…

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AG Barr Blocked Plea Deal for Derek Chauvin, Officer Who Killed George Floyd

The New York Times recently revealed that Attorney General William Barr rejected a plea deal from Derek Chauvin, the police officer who held his knee to George Floyd’s neck, who agreed to plead guilty to third-degree murder days after Floyd’s death. Chauvin is currently facing second-degree murder charges and is scheduled for trial in March. A former Justice Department official confirmed the failed deal to NBC News, stating, “His lawyers were trying to rush us, and we didn’t want to be rushed.” Lacey Severins, a spokeswoman for the Hennepin County…

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Prosecutors Seek 3 Month Delay in Trial of Cops Charged In George Floyd’s Death

The trial for the Minneapolis cops involved in the death of George Floyd may be facing a setback, as prosecutors are asking for a three-month delay for the trial. The trial for the cops—Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, was supposed to start on March 8, as all of the cops were to be tried together. However, COVID-19 was cited as a reason for delay, with the prosecution filing a motion to put off the trial until June 7 so that there can be a balance…

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