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The Minneapolis police officer who knelt on
George Floyd's neck has been arrested. Experts
say prosecutors have a long road ahead.

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 5/29/2020 7:32:30 PM

The former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes before he died was arrested Friday and charged by Hennepin County prosecutors with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Within hours, the Justice Department had also announced it was investigating Floyd's death and was looking into charges for possible federal civil rights violations. Both developments occurred unusually quickly for a case involving an on-duty police officer, legal experts told Insider on Friday. Now, the question has become how tightly prosecutors can button up their case against the officer, Derek Chauvin, and what will become of the

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It will take many, many months to prosecute the case. Expect a long, hot summer in Minneapolis.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Johann 5/29/2020 7:36:31 PM (No. 425766)
Third-degree murder charge. The fix is already in.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: ScottC 5/29/2020 8:28:53 PM (No. 425804)
It will be interesting to see what the coroner's report says because to me it looks from the video like the angle of the officer leg on Floyd's neck wasn't enough to cut off the air and kill him. He may very well have overdosed and died which would nullify the 3rd degree murder charge. Brace for massive riots if the officer beats the case.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: hammondb3 5/29/2020 8:29:30 PM (No. 425805)
EIGHT MINUTES of someone putting their body weight via the knee into someone's neck? That's insane. I am not a liberal. I am a conservative and believe in allowing law enforcement to do what they need to do, without violating the Constitution or using excessive violence. EIGHT minutes. That's a damned long time. CUFF the man and let him sit up. There is no way he needed to be subdued with a KNEE in his NECK for EIGHT minutes. 30 seconds or a minute? Maybe. Eight minutes is about how many commercials run in a 30 minute sitcom. That is excessive.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bamboozle 5/29/2020 8:30:27 PM (No. 425806)
Where can the officer go to get even a semblance of a fair trial?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bamapreacher 5/29/2020 8:37:46 PM (No. 425810)
I may be wrong #3 but I was under the impression Floyd was already cuffed, in which case the force the cop used was even more excessive than it might have been. I see Ben Crump is calling for a first degree murder charge. Trust him to fan the flames. I doubt the cop really actually meant to kill Floyd and didn't plan it in advance. 3rd degree sounds about right but won't appease anyone. This weekend will tell the tale as far as riots go.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: cor-vet 5/29/2020 8:48:30 PM (No. 425814)
It bothers me that anytime a white person kills a black, it's a civil rights violation or a 'hate' crime, yet when a white is raped/ killed or knocked out by a black, it's not racist, a hate crime or a civil rights violation! I thought blacks wanted to be treated equally to whites. That's a 2 way street.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: RuckusTom 5/29/2020 9:01:23 PM (No. 425821)
This was murder. The reason prosecutors will have a tough time is that they'll be working against a unionized, tax payer funded, public employee.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: GoodDeal 5/29/2020 9:01:36 PM (No. 425822)
I’m waiting for President Trump to address the nation! Mister President we need you now to get on TV tonight and address this country and help to end this insanity!!!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: stablemoney 5/29/2020 9:02:25 PM (No. 425825)
These incidents seem to occur often enough to get the major cities burned down and looted, all at the incitement of the leftist media, who are responsible for fanning the violence. The governor and mayor should be summarily fired for not doing their jobs. As for what happened, that is under investigation. No one knows all the facts yet. The justice system should be given a chance to do their jobs. As for the coroner report, that person should have stopped when he said Chauvin did not die from strangulation or asphyxiation. The coroner has absolutely no evidence that the officer's restraint contributed to the death. That is an opinion.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog 5/29/2020 9:11:36 PM (No. 425830)
Murder has a legal definition and only the legal definition can be used to characterize the act to a jury. By the same token, (first degree) murder has a very high threshold for conviction and appeals are always lurking. Prosecutors have careers and egos, not necessarily in that order. They've seen a Marilyn Moseby go down in flames after a brief period of media adulation. They will want a conviction or a plea which means a lesser charge because both sides have an interest in such an outcome.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Pault135 5/29/2020 9:14:48 PM (No. 425832)
Nice try #2 The problem was not that his air supply was cut off but that his BLOOD supply to his brain was cut off by the cop’s knee. It was in effect a choke hold and can kill. That’s why most if not all police departments ban it.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: bighambone 5/29/2020 9:27:40 PM (No. 425838)
What if George Floyd did not die from asphyxiation or strangulation, but from some sort of illicit drug overdose, with the ex-police officer being found not guilty after a murder trial, what happens then?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Mushroom 5/29/2020 9:29:44 PM (No. 425840)
#10. Just curious, if he pleads guilty to a lesser charge, will the Judge then prosecute him for perjury?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 5/29/2020 10:03:50 PM (No. 425855)
He did not die from strangulation - - or asphyxiation. He died from intoxicant drugs and poor health. But - - what the hey - - it's a big opportunity to loot a 65" flat-screen Smart TV - - so why waste it?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: janjan 5/29/2020 11:14:34 PM (No. 425898)
George Floyd’s family do not get to choose what this officer will be charged with. A first degree murder charge would get him an acquittal. And now that they have autopsy reports that do not show that Floyd died of strangulation the prosecutor has a problem. I’m not in any way defending this cop but truth is truth.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Strike3 5/30/2020 2:37:18 AM (No. 425988)
No matter what the cause of death, eight minutes on the neck was wrong. Unless Floyd did something violent that caused them to drag him to the ground, he should not have been put there and videos show nothing but calm submission. Agree with #2, if the cop gets off the rioting will be Rodney King level.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 5/30/2020 2:45:46 AM (No. 425990)
And the autopsy says that he did not die of strangulation. Intoxicants and pre-existing heart condition, plus being restrained. Does NOT sound like murder, or even manslaughter to me. Let's just back off and let this play out in the courts. Remember Baltimore and Zimmerman - we were lied to, we were manipulated. Looks like the same crooked Ben Crump play book.
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