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Defense seeks case dismissal for officer who kneeled on George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin faces second-degree and third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges for killing George Floyd in May. File Photo courtesy Ramsey County Sheriff's Office | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/bffbbffd60dc42e24a3deb9f4b99a0ae/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin faces second-degree and third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges for killing George Floyd in May. File Photo courtesy Ramsey County Sheriff's Office | License Photo

Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd have asked a judge to dismiss his case, court documents indicate.

In a motion filed Friday, the defense called for charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter to be dropped for Derek Chauvin. They said prosecutors haven't provided sufficient probable cause.

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The Minneapolis Police Department fired and arrested Chauvin after he was captured on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes on May 25. Floyd died after repeatedly calling for help, saying he could breathe.

Chauvin's attorneys said officers were following protocol when they arrested and subdued Floyd. He was arrested on allegations he attempted to use a counterfeit $20 at a nearby food store. Police said he struggled during arrest, leading Chauvin to handcuff him face-down and kneel on his neck.

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Fellow Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Keung and Tou Thao, who were involved in the arrest, were also fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

Also Friday, prosecutors asked for increased sentences for each of the four former officers. They said Floyd was "particularly vulnerable" since he was handcuffed and officers acted with "cruelty" by ignoring his pleas for help.

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Attorneys for Lane sought to have his case dismissed in July, saying he twice asked Chauvin whether they should roll Floyd over onto his side during the arrest, but Chauvin declined.

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Additionally, lawyers said Lane's view of Chauvin's actions was obstructed by Keung, who was between the two other officers pressing down on Floyd's back.

Floyd's death sparked a wave of anti-police brutality and racial bias protests across the globe, some of which continue.

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