Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was caught on camera kneeling on the neck of George Floyd become his death back in May, got some good news from a federal judge on Thursday when his third degree murder charge was dismissed. Judge Dismisses Charge Against Chauvin Hennepin County District Judge Peter A. Cahill dismissed the charge today against Chauvin, who is still facing the more serious charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, according to The Hill. The judge also decided not to dismiss the the aiding and abetting charges against J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, the other former officers involved in Floyd’s death. This comes one month after a pre-trial hearing in which Chauvin’s lawyers teamed up with attorneys representing the other three ex-cops to file a motion calling for all charges against them to be dismissed. Chauvin’s lawyers were ultimately unsuccessful in arguing that Floyd had died from a drug overdose, not from anything their client did. “Put simply, Mr. Floyd could not breathe because he had ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl and, possibly, a speedball,” Chauvin’s lawyer said in the filing. “Combined with sickle cell trait, his pre-existing heart conditions, Mr. Floyd’s use of fentanyl and methamphetamine most likely killed him.” RELATED: George Floyd Officers Want Case Dropped After Minneapolis Police Training Manual Comes To Light Floyd’s Death Is Ruled A Homicide Floyd’s death was officially designated as a homicide after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy report revealed he died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” Though Cahill dismissed Chauvin’s third degree murder charge, Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) ultimately saw his rulings today as a success, saying the judge’s decision was an “important, positive step forward in the path toward justice for George Floyd, his family, our community, and Minnesota.” Cahill still must rule on whether the former officers will be tried together or separately, and if they should be tried somewhere outside Hennepin County. The judge has said that regardless of what he decides, they will all be tried in March. Support Conservative Voices! Sign up to receive the latest political news, insight, and commentary delivered directly to your inbox. RELATED: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Released From Jail After Posting Bail Chauvin was released from prison earlier this month on $1 million. Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney representing the Floyd family, has previously said that he wants to see him charged with first degree murder. “For Chauvin to leave his knee on George’s neck despite warnings and evidence that his life was in danger — and to continue that course for many minutes — demands a first-degree murder charge,” Crump said back in June. “For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse.” This piece was written by James Samson on October 22, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission. Read more at LifeZette:CBS’ Lesley Stahl Slams President Trump, He Fires Back With A SurpriseJill Biden Breaks Her Silence About Hunter – ‘The American People Don’t Want To Hear These Smears Against My Family’Kayleigh McEnany Shreds Debate Moderator Kristen Welker – Claims She Gave Biden ‘Some Cover’ By Ditching Foreign Policy The opinions expressed by contributors and/or content partners are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Political Insider.
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here A Kentucky grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment on Wednesday, September 23. The charges were for Hankison’s shots fired during the search warrant raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment, but not for killing Taylor. Instead, Mr. Hankison was indicted for the gunshots he recklessly fired into neighboring apartments. Two other officers involved in the March 13 incident, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, were not charged. Say Her Name Taylor family attorney Benjamin Crump was quick to tweet, “Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former ofc. Brett Hankison with 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment in 1st Degree for bullets that went into other apartments but NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!” Crump is so upset because the Grand Jury’s decision means that the shot that killed Ms. Taylor was legally fired. Kentucky’s Attorney General announced the grand jury’s decision. Daniel Cameron, a Republican and black man, acted as a special prosecutor in the case and revealed some key facts surrounding the raid and Taylor’s death. She was killed by a shot fired by Detective Myles Cosgrove. Cosgrove’s shot was legal because he was returning fire from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. In short, Ms. Taylor was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and so her death – while tragic – was not the result of a crime committed by Cosgrove. Cosgrove’s and Mattingly’s shots were legally justified. Not No Knock Police did knock and announce themselves before breaking down Taylor’s door. That was a point of contention about the raid, and something focused on by Crump and his comrades. Attorney General Cameron announced his team found independent corroboration from a civilian witness that the police knocked and announced their presence. This point is vital because it informs whether Ms. Taylor and Mr. Walker thought police or others were invading the apartment. Cameron said his team conducted the review “from scratch,” pieced together from ballistics, interviews, and 911 calls. He used his connections with the FBI to have their lab examine the ballistics data available. It was the FBI, not state labs, that identified Cosgrove as the killer. Hankinson fired blindly into several apartments and recklessly endangered Taylor’s neighbors. A wanton endangerment charge is a class D felony and carries a penalty of one to five years in prison. Ben Crump’s reaction is a bellwether for unrest and tumult. In anticipation of Cameron’s announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer invoked a 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. ~ Read more from Scott D. Cosenza.