JUDGE DISMISSES 3RD-DEGREE MURDER CHARGE AGAINST DEREK CHAUVIN

A Hennepin County judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the May 25 death of George Floyd.

“In this court’s view, with one exception, the State has met its burden of showing probable cause that warrants proceeding to trial against each of these Defendants on each of the criminal charges the State has filed against them,” Cahill wrote in his ruling, AJC reports.

According to CNN, Cahill explained why the third-degree murder charge was dropped in his ruling, saying that the charge can “be sustained only in situations in which the defendant’s actions were eminently dangerous to other persons and were not specifically directed at the particular person whose death occurred.”

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