A judge has dismissed 3rd-degree murder charges against former Officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd, an unarmed black man.
The 44-year-old former Minneapolis police officer is accused of killing George Floyd after he kneeled on George’s neck for 8 min and 46 sec. He uttered the words ” I Can’t Breathe” over and over until he took his last breath.
Although the 3rd-degree murder charges were dropped, the judge denied the defense’s motions to dismiss the other charges against him. Chauvin remains charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Judge Peter A. Cahill also 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. The judge is allowing the state 5 days to appeal his ruling.
Chauvin was originally arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter just four days after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. The charges were later upgraded to second-degree murder at the same time Attorney General Keith Ellison announced charges against the other three officers involved in Floyd’s death.
Former officers Thao, Kueng, and Lane are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. All four officers were fired the day after Floyd’s death.