The former Minneapolis police officer convicted in state court of murdering George Floyd will change his plea to federal charges that he violated Floyd’s civil rights, according to a posting on the federal court docket.
Derek Chauvin is scheduled to change his plea at a hearing on Dec. 15 in St. Paul, Minnesota. A change of plea usually indicates a defendant plans to plead guilty to the charges.
Chauvin already faces 22 1/2 years in prison for his murder conviction in the death of Floyd. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes, ignoring his pleas for mercy, as well as those from bystanders who witnessed it. Chauvin, who is White, had detained Floyd, a Black man, on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
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Federal prosecutors charged Chauvin in May, a month after his state conviction, with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under the authority of the law. Three other former officers also face the same charges.
The case is U.S. v. Chauvin, 21-cr-108, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (St. Paul).(Updates with federal charge in fourth paragraph)© 2021 Bloomberg L.P.