BREAKING NEWS! Derek Chauvin will plead guilty to federal civil rights allegations over George Floyd’s death

  • Derek Chauvin plans to modify a previous non guilty plea to federal depriving George Floyd civil rights charges
  • His return to court is Wednesday morning 
  • Chauvin, who was convicted in Floyd’s killing in May 2020 was sentenced in April 2021 to 22 years state prison 
  • Chauvin and three colleagues were set to go to trial in federal court in late January 

Derek Chauvin will likely plead guilty federal civil rights offenses in the case of George Floyd’s murder.

Disgraced Minneapolis ex-police officer, Chauvin, has announced his intent to plead guilty this week. Chauvin (45) was convicted in Floyd’s April death of manslaughter and state murder. He was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment.

On Monday, a federal docket entry indicated that Chauvin has been given a hearing to amend his not guilty plea. This type of notice indicates that a defendant plans to plead guilty. 

Media were also invited to the hearings by the court. 

FILE - Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over Chauvin's sentencing at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis June 25, 2021. Chauvin appears to be on the verge of pleading guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights. A federal docket entry on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 showed that a hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday for Chauvin to change his current not-guilty plea in the case. The court system also sent out instructions for media to attend the hearing. (Court TV via AP, Pool, File)

This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video shows Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck

Derek Chauvin (left), a former Minneapolis police officer, has indicated that he will plead guilty in federal civil rights cases stemming the death of George Floyd. 

George Floyd was murdered by Chauvin during an arrest in Minneapolis in May 2020

Chauvin murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis during an April 2020 arrest.

Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao were with Floyd on May 25, 2020 when he attempted arrest him, a black man on suspicion that he had used a counterfeit $20 bill. 

Chauvin was captured pinning Floyd’s knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. The man then said that he couldn’t breathe. 

Chauvin, along with three other officers, were to face federal charges for using the color of the law’ to strip Floyd of his constitutional right not to use unreasonable force. 

According to the charges, Floyd is accused of being denied that right after Chauvin pinched Floyd. His three ex-colleagues watched and did not stop Floyd.

Information sent Monday does not indicate that any other officers are planning to plead guilty.  

Chauvin (far left) and three other officers -  (L to R) J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao - were set to go to trial in late January on federal charges

Chauvin (far left) and three other officers –  (L to R) J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – were set to go to trial in late January on federal charges