Derek Chauvin Pleads Not Guilty in 2017 Case of Beating a Black Teen

Derek Chauvin, the former white Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, pleaded not guilty on Sept. 16 for allegedly using excessive force against a Black teen in a separate case in 2017.

Appearing to the court via videoconference from the Minnesota Correctional Facility after being convicted on multiple charges in the Floyd case last April, Chauvin denied carrying out a similar act he did on Floyd at a separate incident involving a 14-year-old boy in 2017.

According to the indictment, Chauvin allegedly deprived the boy, who was not named, of his civil right to be free of unreasonable force when Chauvin held the teen by the throat, hit him on the head with a flashlight, and then kneeled on his neck and upper back while the teen was handcuffed and unresisting.

In the police report Chauvin filed, he delivered “a few strikes to [the boy] to impact his shoulders and hopefully allow control to be obtained” because the boy, described as 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, “displayed active resistance to efforts to take him into custody.”

However, prosecutors said that body camera videos showed “a far more violent and forceful treatment of this child than Chauvin describes in his report.”

“The videos show Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force towards this child and complete disdain for his well-being,” the prosecutors said, as quoted by British online newspaper The Independent.

The indictment on the 2017 incident also said that Chauvin’s restraint resulted in bodily injury for the teen.

Prosecutors wrote in the court documents that the teen cried out that Chauvin and another officer were hurting him and called out “mom,” similar to how Floyd reacted in May 2020 when Chauvin pinned him to the ground for over nine minutes, killing him.

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