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Chauvin pleads not guilty to alleged civil rights violation in 2017




  • In US
  • 2021-09-16 15:57:16Z
  • By Axios
 

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pleaded not guilty on Thursday to violating the civil rights of a teenager in a 2017 case that involved a restraint similar to the one used in the murder of George Floyd, AP reports.

The big picture: Chauvin was found guilty in April for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death and was sentenced to 22.5 years.

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  • Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers were accused of violating Floyd's civil rights when they handcuffed him and pinned his face to the ground.

  • Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao pleaded not guilty to federal civil rights charges in the Floyd case on Tuesday.

Driving the news: Chauvin allegedly violated the civil rights of a then-14-year-old boy in 2017, when he allegedly "held the teen by the throat, hit him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the boy's neck and upper back while he was prone, handcuffed and not resisting," AP reports.

  • Chauvin appeared via videoconference in Thursday's hearing and, when asked by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer how he would plead to the charge, he said: "Not guilty, your honor."

Go deeper: Ex-officers accused of violating George Floyd's rights plead not guilty

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