Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of killing George Floyd, signaled that he plans to plead guilty on separate federal charges that he violated Floyd’s civil rights, according to court records.
A court filing in the United States District Court in Minnesota showed that Chauvin will appear at 9 a.m. local time on Dec. 15 to enter a new plea.
The details of Chauvin’s plea were not immediately filed in court. It did not say how he intends to change his plea and what benefit would he receive for pleading guilty.
The change of plea must be accepted by a federal judge.
A federal grand jury indicted Chauvin and three other former officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — for allegedly depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority on May 25, 2020 when Chauvin pressed his knees onto Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, killing him.
A bystander video of the May 2020 incident showed that Floyd was handcuffed and was not resisting arrest.
The officers pleaded not guilty to the federal charges in September.
The federal trial is scheduled for late January.
In April, a jury convicted Chauvin on state charges of second- and third degree-murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter, for Floyd’s death.
A judge sentenced Chauvin in June to 22 and a half years in prison.
Floyd’s death sparked global protests against systemic and police brutality.
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