Derek Chauvin and other George Floyd cops to appear in court today over shock killing – The Sun
DEREK Chauvin and the three other George Floyd cops are expected to appear in court today over the shocking killing.
The court appearances come a little more than a month after Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 when Minnesota cop Chauvin kneeled on his neck during an arrest.
Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, will appear in Minneapolis court via video, CNN reported.
The other three officers – J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao – will appear in person.
The other three ex-cops are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Cameras will not be allowed in the court on Monday, when the former officers are set to appear midday, CNN reported.
Kneung and Lane both posted $750,000 bail, and were released from jail.
Lane was released from prison on June 10, and Kueng was released on June 19.
Jail records still showed Thao and Chauvin were in jail as of Monday.
All four officers face a sentence of up to 50 years in prison.
Chauvin was reportedly in talks to plead guilty before his arrest.
Public outrage was sparked following Floyd's death.
Video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.
Floyd could be heard saying "I can't breathe" multiple times – but the cop did not move his knee.
Lane's lawyer has insisted that the ex-cop is innocent and body camera footage will clear him of the charges.
Demonstrators across the nation have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement, as they call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.
Many demonstrators have called for defunding of the cops.
Protestors have favored funding going away from police, and putting the money into more community-based programs.
Minneapolis City Council already voted unanimously to disband the city's police department.
Several other cities across the nation have voted to make cuts to police budgets.
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