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Derek Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges in George Floyd’s Death

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin

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St. Paul, Minn. (AP) -- Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck — even after he became unresponsive — resulting in the Black man’s death.

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted this spring of state murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd's May 25, 2020, death, and was sentenced to 22 1/2 years.