Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of second degree murder in the case of George Floyd, was expected to make his first court appearance earlier today, in Minneapolis. The 44-year-old ex officer who had 19 years service with the police service faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges for his role in Floyd’s May 25th death.
Three other Minneapolis police officers appeared in court last week to face a charge of aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder for their roles in his arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
Chauvin, who is seen in harrowing video footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he gasps “I can’t breathe,” could face decades behind bars if convicted.
Chauvin’s appearance in Hennepin County District Court was expected to be held remotely by video link from a prison in Stillwater, Minnesota.