The post hit social media in the middle of Chauvin’s murder trial, where witnesses testified today that the former Minneapolis police officer was trained to defuse situations.
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Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter, accused of killing Floyd by kneeling on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. The most serious charge facing the now fired officer carries up to 40 years in prison.
Darnella Frazier said former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin just gave onlookers a “cold” and “heartless” stare as they pleaded with him to take his knee off George Floyd’s neck.
Chauvin already faced second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Legal experts say the additional charge helps prosecutors by giving jurors another option to find Chauvin guilty of murder.