Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, at the center of the George Floyd case, has been released from jail after posting a $1 million bond.
Chauvin was charged with murder after video emerged of Floyd being detained in handcuffs, lying on the ground, and having a knee pressed against his neck for several minutes.
The charges include second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
Chauvin had been held at the maximum-security Oak Park Heights prison while awaiting his trial on March 8th.
Derek Chauvin has posted bond and been released from prison in Minnesota.
— The Recount (@therecount) October 7, 2020
Attorneys For Derek Chauvin Want Charges In George Floyd Case Dropped
Attorneys for Chauvin have been calling on the charges against their client to be dismissed based on a training manual that allegedly shows the officers followed the standard operating procedure in subduing an erratic suspect.
A Minneapolis police training manual appears to show instructions for the proper technique involved in such a scenario – by placing a knee on the suspect’s upper back area.
It includes an image eerily reminiscent of the scene which sparked hundreds of riots since Floyd’s death.
Other court documents show the medical examiner expressed an opinion that Floyd had a potentially fatal level of fentanyl in his system.
“I am not saying this killed him,” the examiner clarifies, however.
However, another document shows that an independent medical examiner hired by Floyd’s family attributed his death to “traumatic asphyxia due to the compression of his neck and back during restraint by police.” pic.twitter.com/hI3rIu8Hrp
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) August 26, 2020
Will Derek Chauvin Being Released Lead to More Riots?
Much like the Breonna Taylor, the American media have portrayed Chauvin’s guilt and conviction as a slam dunk.
Earlier this month, a grand jury announced that Louisville police officers would not be charged in the death of Breonna Taylor, with one exception of an officer charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.
Protests and riots broke out in Louisville following the news. There’s little reason to believe something similar won’t happen in Minneapolis with news that Chauvin has been released.
Protesters clashed with riot police firing tear gas for a second night in Minneapolis, in an outpouring of rage over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of police https://t.co/I8RtKQLGZL pic.twitter.com/sX03uzmcLv
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 28, 2020
Floyd’s death has been the catalyst for numerous other riots throughout the country, even leading to controversy surrounding statues.
Memorials to Founding Fathers were torn down while monuments to Floyd were erected.
A statue of George Washington, our first President of the United States and a founding father of our country, was just torn down and defaced by radical lunatics. This is disgusting. pic.twitter.com/tnXMSjNTKL
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) June 19, 2020
The riots were allowed to spread despite the pandemic as ‘health experts‘ turned a blind eye even as economies were shut down, and churches and businesses were closed.
Bill De Blasio @NYCMayor tells CNN that he is banning all large gatherings in New York City — except for Marxist groups who riot, destroy, burn down, and even kill.
— D Alex (@D_Alex_connect) July 17, 2020
Chauvin will be required by law to show in court on March 8, 2021, at 9 a.m.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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