Another legal maneuver to give the jury another fallback position to convict Officer Chauvin?
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill postponed the start of Derek Chauvin's trial in the killing of George Floyd on Monday, after an appeals court ordered him to reconsider his original decision to dismiss a third-degree murder charge against the former Minneapolis police officer. The decision came as a pool of potential jurors waited to start the selection process.
The proceedings took place in a Hennepin County courthouse that is heavily guarded and barricaded against potential disruptions in Minneapolis, where Floyd's death last year triggered massive protests. Several hundred people gathered at the court building Monday, in the latest demonstration against police violence and mistreatment of Black people. <Source>
The discarded count II…
COUNT I -- Charge: Second Degree Murder - Unintentional - While Committing A Felony
Minnesota Statute: 609.19.2(1) -- Maximum Sentence: Imprisonment of not more than 40 years. -- Offense Level : Felony
Charge Description: That on or about May 25, 2020, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Derek Michael Chauvin, caused the death of a human being, George Floyd, without intent to effect the death of any person, while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense other than criminal sexual conduct in the first or second degree with force or violence or a drive-by shooting, namely assault in the third degree.
COUNT II -- Charge: Third Degree Murder - Perpetrating Eminently Dangerous Act and Evincing Depraved Mind
Minnesota Statute: 609.195(a) -- Maximum Sentence: Imprisonment of not more than 25 years. -- Offense Level : Felony
Charge Description: That on or about May 25, 2020, in Hennepin County, Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of another, George Floyd, by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life.
COUNT Ill -- Charge: Second Degree Manslaughter - Culpable Negligence Creating Unreasonable Risk
Minnesota Statute: 609.205(1) -- Maximum Sentence: Imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both. -- Offense Level : Felony
Charge Description: That on or about May 25, 2020, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of another, George Floyd, by his culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk and consciously took the chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another, George Floyd. <Source>
Since it is unlikely that Officer Chauvin could be convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter given the presence of a fatal drug dose and other conditions, some want to give the jury a chance to convict under a lesser charge. The system is being stacked against the officer to placate the mob.
Beware: the ugliness of progressive socialist democrat politics is once again on us – and by no means limited to a single event taking place in a single city.
Once again, we are faced with a clear and present danger of a progressive socialist democrat municipality that favors revolution over law and order. With City officials looking to the influx of state and federal money that can be used to feather their own nests, purchase votes and political power, and reward their friends.
How many people actually believe the City of Minneapolis will be threatened by white supremacist groups, QAnon, the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers? Or is it more likely that the City will be attacked by Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and gangs of opportunists capitalizing on the chaos, confusion, and the likely cowardice of City politicians who previously ordered law enforcement authorities to “stand down” while the City was destroyed?
Here they are warning private businesses to take precautions to protect themselves, knowing full well that the City is unable or unwilling to protect individual citizens, commercial establishments, and residential areas. These are the same people trying to disarm law-abiding citizens, releasing criminals into our communities, and conveying advantages to criminals over victims with their restorative justice nonsense.
By all means, be prepared to know that it is impossible for any municipality to protect individual citizens and businesses when faced with massive civil unrest. Remember this feeling when you vote for those who take an oath to serve and protect their constituents – not to steal and plunder taxpayer funds for their own personal and political interests.
We are so screwed.
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