Grave Mistake America Authorities Made About The Charges Against George Floyd,s Killers

Grave Mistake America Authorities Made About The Charges Against George Floyd,s Killers

On Monday, Derek Michael Chauvin made his first court appearance. He made the appearance through a teleconference from jail where he has been held for almost two weeks now.

The hearing lasted for about 15 minutes, and Derek didn't speak throughout the time. He was in handcuffs, and was wearing an orange color clothes.

The Judge, Jeannice M Reding set his bail at $1.25 million with no preconditions, or $1 million with conditions.

The conditions include - being law-abiding, not contacting George Floyd's family, surrendering his firearms and permits, and not working with any law enforcement or security as he awaits trial, and also not leaving Minnesota.

His attorney, Eric Nelson, did not object to his trial. He said he would reserve any bail issues until future hearings. The next court appearance has been scheduled for June 29th.

Initially, Derek's bail was set at $1 million, but it was upgraded due to the severity of the charges and the outrage from the public.

The charges brought against him are unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and the penalties for them are jail terms of 40 years, 25 years and 10 years respectively.

Now the job that lies in the hands of his attorney to do is to prove that Derek's action against George Floyd, as seen in the video, was not what killed the Floyd directly.

There's a possibility of more charges being brought against him. Most of the protesting black community want him to be charged with first-degree murder and manslaughter, but there are doubts if that will happen.


Grave Mistake America Authorities Made About The Charges Against George Floyd,s Killers


For him to be charged with first-degree murder, the prosecutors have to prove that the murder was premeditated and intentional. And many people believe that it was intentional, because he heard when George kept screaming that he couldn't breathe.

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The three other officers - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and Alexander Kuen - had been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter, and are scheduled to appear in court on June 29th. Their bail had been set at $1 million.

George Floyd was finally laid to rest yesterday at Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in Pearland. He was buried next to his mother.

The funeral held amidst mass protests in several cities in America.

When we look at these charges against George Floyd's killers, we begin to ask some questions? Why was he not charged with first-degree murder and manslaughter? Why was he given an option of bail?

For long decades, the black people in America have been living with the pain and frustration of police brutality. We cannot start now to count the number of black people who have been unjustly killed by the police in the past. And most of those police officers were not even brought to book.

Listening to the pain of one another is what will bring healing to America. And justice is the only way to make a difference in the world. Giving Derek the option of bail clearly does not sit well with many people.


Grave Mistake America Authorities Made About The Charges Against George Floyd,s Killers


Derek knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, as he kept shouting that he couldn't breathe. He was handcuffed and not resisting arrest.

His refusal to let him go even when he was dying, shows that the murder was with intent and motive. I don't know why it's so difficult for the prosecutors to prove that. It's clear enough.

And I see that as a big mistake on their part. For justice to be complete, then it has to be comprehensive enough. It would be good to have Derek Chauvin charged with first-degree murder. And the option of bail is also not good enough, in my own opinion.

We have not seen the last of the charges, but let's hope that the black community will be satisfied with the justice in the end.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think giving Derek an option of bail is just enough? Let's hear you out in the comments section.

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