(a) Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years. Michael J. GormanWhitestone, QueensThe writer is a retired New York Police Department lieutenant and an attorney. Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman announced that Chauvin is being charged with third-degree murder — sometimes called “depraved heart” or “depraved indifference” homicide. They start a riot down there, first one of ’em to pick up a brick gets a bullet in the brain, that’s all.” Even in 1968, his words were considered by most Americans to be unacceptably racist, and he garnered less than 15 percent of the popular vote. … Chauvin may have decided to kneel on Floyd's neck and ignored his pleas to breathe but prosecutors may not have believed those actions meant that he had any intention to kill. In a depraved-heart murder, defendants commit an act even though they know their act runs an unusually high risk of causing death or serious bodily harm to a person. "You're seeing the prosecutor's office, I think, looking at the fact that this was a police officer," Coates said. CNN has reached out to Chauvin's attorney and the Minneapolis police union for comment. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged Noor with third degree murder for perpetrating eminently dangerous act and evincing a depraved mind. 19 near Northfield. The charge was used two years ago to charge a Baltimore police officer with the murder of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after he was driven to jail in a police van.

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For the third-degree murder charge, prosecutors will have to prove something called depraved indifference.

Readers hear echoes of the Eric Garner case and are thankful for the video evidence. CNN's Kara Devlin contributed to this report. Either one can cause death.

Re “National Guard Deployed as Minneapolis Erupts” (front page, May 29): Early Friday morning, Donald Trump tweeted, responding to disruptions in Minneapolis, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”. Floyd had been unresponsive for two minutes, 53 seconds before Chauvin moved, according to the criminal complaint. “I think what we're saying in this charge is that Officer Noor did not act reasonably, did not act objectively reasonably and abused his authority to use deadly force,” said Freeman. These charges come in the wake of the turbulence that has rocked Minneapolis and other parts of the country, and that outrage could very well return if Mr. Chauvin is not convicted. MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - From the beginning, prosecutors have tried to determine Officer Mohamed Noor's state of mind when he shot and killed Justine Damond on July 15, 2017. Here's why. For the sake of a fractured society, we must do it. Al Sharpton is more hopeful today than ever. I believe that regardless of what happened before the video shows a police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck, this was a depraved-indifference murder. Floyd's brother shares what it was like growing up with George, All four ex-officers charged in Floyd's death amid protests, READ: The criminal complaint against ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck is in custody and charged with murder.