George Floyd Is Laid To Rest In Private Funeral Near Houston, he was bailed out of prison for $1 million. Ex-Cop Charged With George Floyd’s Murder Freed From Prison, George Floyd’s Family, Lawyers Rip ‘Blame The Dead’ Defense As DA Is Thrown Off The Case. The third-degree murder charge was dismissed by Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill, though he denied another motion by Chauvin’s defense team. All Rights Reserved. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio took to Instagram to lend his support to the Black Lives Matter movement spurred by the heinous murder of George Floyd by a policeman kneeling on his neck. However, the judge also dropped the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin on a legal technicality that local officials feared could result in further unrest over the egregious police killing on Memorial Day that also resulted in charges for three other officers who were on the scene that fateful day. Hopelessness is beginning to sink in for many, especially after it … GEORGE FLOYD DEATH: MINNESOTA JUDGE LIFTS GAG ORDER IN CASE AGAINST FORMER POLICE OFFICERS. Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill on Thursday denied a … Footage from Lane’s body cam published in August shows him approaching Floyd’s vehicle and rapping on the driver’s side window with a flashlight. FILE: This photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff shows former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested for the May 25 death of George Floyd. The complaints allege that they also failed to pay proper sales tax on a $100,000 BMW purchased in Minnesota in 2018. For more context on the charges Chauvin faces — 2nd degree murder is the traditional intentional murder charge used, and 2nd-degree manslaughter is the most common charge used against officers in deadly use of force. “I want to lay on the ground!” Floyd can be heard telling officers several times. A judge upheld the most serious murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the now-fired Minneapolis police officer who used his knee to apply deadly pressure to … '+arguments[1].video:'')+"/?url="+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+"&args="+encodeURIComponent(JSON.stringify([].slice.apply(arguments))),e.parentNode.insertBefore(l,e)}})}(window, document, "script", "Rumble"); Rumble("play", {"autoplay":2,"video":"v865cf","div":"rumble_v865cf"}); In addition, Cahill would not dismiss charges against three other former officers who were on the scene when Chauvin kept Floyd pinned by the neck while handcuffed before he eventually died in custody. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. “I know, I can’t breathe,” he responded as officers, including Chauvin, kneel on him. It’s at this point where the most compelling footage of the encounter that went viral on social media began. Rioting and violence that now seems unrelated to the Floyd-inspired social justice movement in places like Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., have also continued almost non-stop, where militant Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters target local police and federal facilities. The arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct that had been abandoned by officers. The news about Chauvin’s charges came a little more than two weeks after he was bailed out of prison for $1 million. Largely peaceful during the day, the crowds have erupted into vandalism, arson and looting after dark. Eventually, Floyd tells officers to put him on the ground because he doesn’t want to get into the back of a patrol car, though he did — while continuing to protest and complain that he can’t breathe. He was freed from the maximum-security Oak Park Heights prison Oct. 7 and will now have months to ponder his actions ahead of his March 8 trial next year. Many news outlets ran with a headline emphasizing the dropped third-degree murder charge instead of focusing on how Chauvin was still facing the most serious charges. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill “dismissed the third-degree murder charge because the law requires that someone cause the death of another person while committing an act inherently dangerous to others.” Citing state Supreme Court precedent, Cahill said he was left with no other choice but to dismiss the charge. The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested on Friday. “We are gratified that the court preserved eight of the nine charges against Derek Chauvin, including the more serious second-degree murder charge for which we expect a conviction, based on the clear and evident use of excessive force that we all saw on video,” Crump said in a brief statement emailed to NewsOne. Minneapolis is bracing for more violence after days of civil unrest, with burned buildings, looted stores and angry graffiti demanding justice. Derek Chauvin, 46, and his wife, Kellie May Chauvin, 45, were each charged in Washington County on Wednesday with six counts of filing false or fraudulent tax returns for the tax years 2014 through 2019, and three counts of failing to file tax returns for 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively. Chauvin’s release came amid reports that a mural erected in Floyd’s honor had been defaced a second time following an earlier defacing of the mural that occurred in August. In a cellphone video taken by a bystander, Floyd, 46, was heard pleading for help and saying, "I can't breathe," as Chauvin's knee pressed against the back of his neck. The Hennepin County prosecutor's office confirmed to ABC News that Chauvin and his attorney were negotiating to plead guilty to local murder charges and federal civil rights violation charges before it fell through. He and the other three officers involved in Floyd's arrest were fired Tuesday. The Department of Justice is also looking into whether the former officers violated federal civil rights laws. Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. Floyd told Lane that he didn’t do anything and begins to sob. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in an image from the video during arrest of George Floyd, May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. Get all the latest news and updates on Derek Chauvin only on Prosecutor Mathew Frank argued that Chauvin could be a flight risk because of the case's high profile.