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Judge Drops Third Degree Murder Charge for George Floyd Death

FILE - This June 3, 3030 file photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin posted bail on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, and was released from prison, according to court documents. Chauvin posted a $1 million bond, and the Department of Corrections confirmed he was no longer in custody at the state's facility in Oak Park Heights, where he had been detained pending trial. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge Drops Third Degree Murder Charge for George Floyd Death   A Minnesota judge has dismissed third-degree murder charges against Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. While Judge Peter Cahill dropped third-degree murder charges against the former cop, he still upheld the second-degree murder and manslaugter charges. Judge Cahill also did not dismiss second-degree murder charges against the other three officers involved Floyd’s death.  In the ruling, Judge Cahill says, “The State has, in this Court’s view, presented evidence upon which a jury might reasonably find that Chauvin grossly deviated from the standard of care a reasonable officer would observe, and consciously disregarded the risk of death to Floyd.”

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