Derek Chauvin to change plea to guilty on charge of violating George Floyd's civil rights

Four former Minneapolis officers pled guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights, but Derek Chauvin is now changing his plea.
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Former Minneapolis police offer Derek Chauvin
Former Minneapolis police offer Derek Chauvin
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in the 2020 death of George Floyd, will change his plea from not guilty to guilty on charges of violating Floyd's civil rights.  

Chauvin and three other former officers who were present at the time of Floyd's death – Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao – all plead not guilty to federal charges of violating civil rights, according to the Associated Press.

Video of Floyd's death sparked a series of riots during the summer of 2020.

Chauvin was convicted in April 2021 of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.

The plea will formally be changed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday, according to a court filing, per NBC News.