On May 29, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was captured on video with his knee on the neck of George Floyd for almost 9 minutes during an arrest was arrested and charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd, a 47-year-old black man, who was arrested for alleged forgery, could be seen in the video telling the police officers that he couldn’t breathe, while Chauvin kept his knee planted on Chauvin’s neck. Shortly after his arrest, Floyd died. Three other MN police officers stood by while Floyd was pinned to the ground by fellow Minneapolis Police Officer Chauvin’s knee.
George Floyd’s family attorney, Ben Crump, made the announcement on Twitter. He tweeted: FAMILY’S REACTION: This is a bittersweet moment. We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd’s death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder. #JusticeForGeorge
FAMILY’S REACTION: This is a bittersweet moment. We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd's death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder. #JusticeForGeorge pic.twitter.com/jTfXFHpsYl
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) June 3, 2020
New charges were also filed against since-fired Minneapolis Police Department officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng. According to the Star Tribune, all three officers are being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Failed Democrat presidential candidate and VP hopeful, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), praised radical MN Attorney General Keith Ellison’s decision.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 3, 2020
But when Klobuchar had the chance to drop the hammer on Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for previous violent incidents, she passed.
In 2006 Amy Klobuchar, then a Hennepin County district attorney failed to file charges against Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for multiple violent incidents he was allegedly involved in.
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Although Klobuchar was the Hennepin county attorney at the time of an October 2006 police shooting involving Chauvin, she did not prosecute and instead the case went to a grand jury that declined to charge the officers with wrongdoing in 2008.
According to the Daily Beast – Chauvin received 10 complaints about his conduct during a 19-year career with city law enforcement before he was fired Tuesday over his role in Floyd’s death. Ira Toles, a Minneapolis resident, told The Daily Beast Chauvin was the same officer who “tried to kill me” during a domestic violence call in 2008. Chauvin shot Toles and left a permanent hole in his stomach.
Yahoo News reports – Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday, according to a database that documents complaints against police. In particular, he was involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed other people before attacking police, as well as some other undisclosed complaints. Klobuchar did not prosecute Chauvin and other officers involved for the first death, which occurred in October 2006 while she was running for Senate. The case was under investigation when Klobuchar took office in the Senate in Jan. 2007, and later went to a grand jury, which declined to charge the officers. Chauvin was later placed on leave when he and other officers shot and wounded a Native American man in 2011.
As The Washington Post noted in March, Klobuchar “declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police” as Hennepin County attorney. Instead, she “aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses” that “have been criticized for their disproportionate effect on poor and minority communities,” the Post continues.
The former Democrat presidential candidate potential VP pick for Biden, Senator Amy Klobuchar is going to have a very difficult time explaining her way out of this one, especially while journalists are doing everything in their power to tie Floyd’s death to President Trump, in a city that’s been run by radical Democrats for decades.
Without understanding that 1st-degree murder is a charge reserved for premeditated murder, many on Twitter were calling for former MN Police Officer Derek Chauvin to be charged with 1st-degree murder. This Twitter user does a great job of explaining why this is not the right charge for the now-fired accused officer:
To the people asking for 1st degree. Understand that if they push for 1st degree, he will not go to jail. They will have a to prove he planned his murder ahead of time. https://t.co/DkHXYMlG0o
— ti cherie (@SasTheAss) June 3, 2020