Another indictment against Chauvin claims to have performed a similar act [to the one that killed Floyd] against a then-14 year old boy in 2017. This accusation argues that Chauvin deprived the teenager, who is black, of his right to be free from unreasonable force when he held the teenager by the throat, hit him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the boy’s neck and upper back while he was prone, handcuffed and couldn’t resist.
When US Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer asked how he would plead the accusation, Chauvin replied, “Not guilty, your honor.”
Thursday’s hearing was held by videoconference and Chauvin appeared at the state police maximum security prison, where he is being held following his murder conviction.
According to a police report from the 2017 meeting, Chauvin wrote that the teenager resisted arrest and after the teenager, whom he described as six foot eight and about 240 pounds, was handcuffed, Chauvin ” used body weight to nail it “to the floor. The boy was bleeding from his ear and needed a colon.
That meeting was one of several mentioned in state court documents that prosecutors said showed that Chauvin had used neck or head and upper body restraints. seven times before Floyd’s death in 2014, including four times prosecutors said he had gone too far and kept the restrictions “beyond the point where such force was necessary under the circumstances.”
Chauvin and three other former officers Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were brought to trial on civil rights violations in Floyd’s death on Tuesday. All four pleaded not guilty to these charges.
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