Murder Charges Reinstated in Derek Chauvin Trial

NEW YORK -
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV, via AP, Pool)

Third degree murder charges will again be brought again Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who restrained George Floyd until the man died.

The eight minute video of Floyd pleading for help as Chauvin ignored him sparked outrage, and millions took to the streets to protest what many perceived as a murder in broad daylight.

However, the protests were marred when several became violent, and cities temporarily issued lockdowns.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill added the third-degree murder after the Minnesota Supreme Court’s did not take up an appeal from Chauvin’s legal team against the charge.

Chauvin is also facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

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