Derek Chauvin returns to court Thursday for allegedly choking teen before George Floyd's death

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By , News Talk 830 WCCO

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for arraignment on civil rights charges stemming from a 2017 case involving a 14-year-old boy.

The indictment against Chauvin, who was convicted on state murder charges in George Floyd's death, alleges he deprived the handcuffed teen of his right to be free of unreasonable force by holding the teen by the throat, hitting him in the head with a flashlight, and using his knee on the boy's neck and upper back.

Chauvin is scheduled to appear in court remotely via video conference. He will he have the opportunity to have charges read to him and enter a plea.

It's the second court appearance of the week for the former MPD officer. Chauvin, along with former officers Tou Thoa, J. Kueng, and Thomas Lane all appeared in federal court Tuesday on civil rights charges stemming from Floyd's death on May 25, 2020.

All four pleaded not guilty to charges that they violated Floyd's civil rights.

Thoa, Kueng, and Lane also requested that their trials be separated from Chauvin's over fears of prejudice.

In the teen's case against Chauvin, court filings say this: Chauvin and another officer responded to the call where a mother alleged she was assaulted by her two children and asked officers to remove them from the home in September 2017.

Body cam footage allegedly shows Chauvin talking to the mother for about 36 minutes before finding the 14-year-old son lying on the floor in his bedroom looking at his phone.

The boy told officers that his mother was drunk and assaulted him. Filings say officers yelled at the teen to stand up, then Chauvin hit the child in the head with his flashlight.

Two seconds later, Chauvin allegedly grabbed the boy’s throat and struck him in the head a second time with the flashlight.

“The child cried out that they were hurting him, and to stop, and called out ‘mom,’” according to the filing.

Eventually, reports say, Chauvin applied a neck restraint that made the boy temporarily pass out and fall to the ground.

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