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.


A message to the business community about the upcoming Chauvin trial

The trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, planned to begin in early March 2021, will draw national attention to the city. Businesses are open downtown and throughout Minneapolis during this time and the City will continue to provide services.

The City of Minneapolis is working with Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota, and Federal partners to have a coordinated safety plan during the trial and after the verdict, collectively known as Operation Safety Net. The goal of this effort is to preserve and protect first amendment non-violent protests and demonstrations, and to prevent large scale violent civil disturbances, property damage, and more. Business owners can expect to see law enforcement presence downtown and in commercial corridors throughout the city during the later stages of the trial.

Businesses have faced a tremendous amount of challenges over the past 13 months, through the pandemic and unrest. With the impact from last year's unrest still visible, business and property owners want to know what they have to do to keep their properties secure and workers and customers safe.

Businesses and property owners may choose to take additional actions in preparation or during the trial. We recommend you consider overall emergency preparedness plans. Ready.gov has samples plans for businesses that can give you a sense of the questions to consider. During this time period you may also want to consider:

• Adding physical security measures, such as boarding or permanent security gates

• Checking in with your insurance company and make sure your policy is up to date

• Uploading electronic copies of important documents and records to an online cloud service (for example: Dropbox, Google Drive) and/or bring physical copies to an off-site location

• Continuing to build connections with your neighbors and sharing contact information so that it's ready if you need it

• If you want additional security personnel and choose to go with a security company, please fully protect yourself and property by only hiring licensed security personnel. These are the people with will carry their own insurance and have training.

Follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the City Update newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information.

Stay tuned to news from Operation Safety Net on Facebook and Twitter.

For other questions or to report issues, see the contact list below:

• Call 911 for life safety emergencies requiring police, fire or EMS

• Call the MPD Tips Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477) to report suspicious activity not requiring an immediate response

• Businesses and property owners should reach out to [email protected] or 612-673-2499 with questions about:

• Advanced preparation before the trial

• Business operations during the trial

• General information about regulations and resources

• Call 311 for non-emergency City information

Bottom line…

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.

-- steve

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