CrimeOnline’s Nancy Grace is calling for now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder after holding his knee on George Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes.
Derek Chauvin is behind bars after the fatal incident, charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after kneeling on Floyd’s neck while onlookers pleaded with him to stop. Floyd was pronounced dead on the same day and Chauvin was subsequently arrested.
Questions now arise, not only about his charges, but why Chauvin used such aggressive procedures on Floyd, who was being questioned at the time for possibly using counterfeit money to pay for a pack of cigarettes.
“This should absolutely be a first-degree murder charge,” Grace told Fox Business. “And while I appreciate elephants coming out and giving a political speech, there is no doubt in my mind that intent to kill is here.”
Grace added that she thinks prosecutors charged Chauvin this a lesser charge so they could get a conviction and “save face” from their mistakes, in a move she called a “cheap way out.”
“You don’t charge with what you think you can win, you charge with what you believe is the truth.”
Three additional officers involved in the incident, including Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, were arrested earlier this week and charged with second-degree murder and aiding and abetting.
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[Feature Photo: Derek Chauvin/Police Handout; George Floyd/Facebook]