by Amy Forlitti
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of manslaughter in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a teenager’s civil rights violations in a separate case involving restraint exercised on Floyd. Equal restraint was involved.
Derek Chauvin was indicted earlier this year on state charges of second-degree unintentional manslaughter, third-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter in the 2020 death of Floyd. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years. He also accused Floyd of violating civil rights in federal court when he knelt on the black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was facing on the sidewalk, not protesting and was begging for air.
But another indictment against Chauvin alleged that he took a similar action in 2017 against a then 14-year-old boy. The indictment alleged that Chauvin denied the teenager, who is black, the right to be freed from undue force when he held it. By the throat of the teenager, hit him in the head with a torch and placed his knee on the boy’s neck and upper back while he was bent over, handcuffed and not resisting.
When US Magistrate Judge Hildy Bobir asked how he would defend the charge, Chauvin replied, “Not guilty, your honor.”
Thursday’s hearing took place via videoconference, and Chauvin appeared from the state’s maximum security prison, where he is being held after his murder sentence. He was in a large room, wearing a plain T-shirt while sitting on top of a long table. There was no one to be seen in the room with him, but a man was visible behind the windowpane over Chauvin’s shoulder. There was some paper on the table in front of him and he appeared to be taking notes.
Thursday’s hearing also addressed some pre-trial motions, which were routine.
According to a police report from the 2017 encounter, Chauvin wrote that the teen resisted arrest and that after handcuffing the teen, who he described as 6-foot-2 and about 240 pounds, Chauvin “took him up.” Used body weight to pin. destination. The boy’s ear was bleeding and he had to get two stitches.
The encounter was one of several noted in state court filings, in which prosecutors said that Chauvin had amputated the neck or head and upper body seven times before Floyd’s death, with state prosecutors saying four times that He had gone too far and exercised restraint “beyond the point when the circumstances required such force.”
Chauvin and three other former officers – Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao – were charged with civil rights violations in Floyd’s death on Tuesday. All four pleaded not guilty to those charges. The indictment in the 2017 case was filed on the same day that Floyd’s death case was filed.
According to the indictment in Floyd’s death, officials allegedly denied Floyd his rights while acting under government authority. The federal indictment alleges that Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be released from unreasonable seizure and undue force by a police officer. Thao and Kueng have been charged with violating Floyd’s right to be freed from undue seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin while kneeling on Floyd’s neck. All four officers are accused of denying Floyd his rights when they failed to provide medical care.
Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe as Chauvin slammed him to the ground. Kueng and Lane helped rein in Floyd; According to evidence in state court, Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane grabbed Floyd’s leg. Thao intercepted the audience and prevented them from interrupting.
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