Derek Chauvin makes first court appearance on federal civil rights charges

Derek Chauvin makes first court appearance on federal civil rights charges


Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin made his initial appearance Tuesday on federal charges that he abused his position as a cop to violate George Floyd’s civil rights.

Chauvin, 45, who was convicted last month of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, wore an orange prison shirt when he appeared remotely in federal court from the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights.

He wore a surgical mask at first but took it off when US Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson said he could — then occasionally jotted down notes and answered the judge’s questions.

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The former cop stated his name and age, and said he understood the charges against him and his rights.

When asked if he knew he had a right to a detention hearing, he said: “I do now, Your Honor … Probably in light of my current circumstances I believe that would be a moot point.”

Derek Chauvin is incarcerated at a maximum security state prison.Minnesota

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