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Derek Chauvin May Never Have Been Prosecuted But for Civilian Video

Added 04-21-21 11:17:02am EST - “MPD initially referred to George Floyd's death as a medical episode.” - Tmz.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Tmz.com: “Derek Chauvin May Never Have Been Prosecuted But for Civilian Video”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Derek Chauvin's conviction was a stunning statement by a diverse jury that brutalizing a citizen will even get cops punished, but it's critical to know how close Chauvin came to getting away with it.

The way these cases have gone in the past ... the police department issues a statement, and if there's no citizen-generated video, it's often the end of it. In Chauvin's case, the initial police report -- written before any video surfaced -- made absolutely no mention of his conduct ... cutting off George Floyd's air supply for more than 9 minutes.

The Minneapolis PD issued a statement after Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, passing his death off as a "medical incident."

With the trial over and Chauvin heading to jail, the original Minneapolis police report of the George Floyd killing hits hard. pic.twitter.com/wbzER0g33D

The day after Floyd's death, the PD put out a statement, saying police responded to a "forgery in progress" and advised the suspect "was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence."

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