Respectfully disagree Dooms. It'll never be overturned. The reality is that there was enough evidence to convict Chauvin. I don't believe the man woke up that morning to hurt anyone and I don't think his intent was to kill Floyd but the way he tactically handled the situation when Floyd was in handcuffs and laying on the ground is just too high a bar to overcome.
Did Floyd contribute to his own death? You bet but that's something that will be overlooked at sentencing. And that's where the real travesty of justice will take place. Chauvin is going to be the sacraficial lamb; he'll do more time in prison than convicted and premeditated killers. Repeat offenders get a slap on the wrist but this guy is going to pay a high price.
The ultimate victim is the CJ system. It's been irreparably damaged by both George Floyd and Derek Chauvin. Unfortunately, crime will continue to go up and all of this will negatively affect the dolts who are burning their cities and protesting. And our kids will be discussing the same issues about poverty, inner-city violence, black on black crime, crime statistics, lack of parenting, single parents, and so on when they are our age. Nothing will change until these communities change and stop blaming everyone else for their plight while waiting for a handout.
According to the definition of the charges, I am not convinced Chauvin was guilty of any of the charges.
Second degree murder does not require intent, but it is causing the death of a person while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense. In this case the prosecutors claim the felony offense was assault in the 3rd degree. The problem for me is I don't think Chauvin was committing an assault by applying a police trained tactic to subdue a man resisting arrest. Chauvin did what he was taught to do. Second degree murder requires that Chauvin not only caused the death of Floyd but also intentionally applied unlawful force and it resulted in bodily harm. I don't think Chauvin intended to apply excessive force.
3rd degree murder is causing the death of another person by committing an "eminently dangerous" act to another with some degree of depravity, without regard for human life, but without intent to kill. Again, I don't think Chauvin thought he was committing a dangerous act without regard for human life. The video does not show Chauvin acting in a manner that would seem "depraved".
2nd degree manslaughter required jurors to believe that Chauvin caused Floyd's death through negligence and that he consciously took the change of causing severe injury or death. Again, in this case, if other factors contributed to Floyd's death, like blocking of the arteries, or a drug overdose, both of which were present in this case, there is no way Chauvin could have known that at the time. If you believe Floyd would have survived this incident had he not overdosed on drugs or if his arteries had not been 90% blocked, then there is reasonable doubt on this charge too.
I can see a reasonable person convicting Chauvin of 2nd degree manslaughter, but I don't think either murder charge is appropriate. Chauvin had no chance of a fair trial from the beginning. He is the sacrificial lamb to appease the mob.
The problem is, appeasement never works, it only emboldens the mob to go further.