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Derek Chauvin was in plea deal talks before his arrest: report

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a man wearing a white shirt: This handout photo obtained June 8, 2020 courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows Derek Michael Chauvin being held for sentencing. - Councilors in the US city of Minneapolis pledged late June 7, 2020 to dismantle and rebuild the police department, after the death in custody of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests about racism in law enforcement, pushing the issue onto the national political agenda.Floyd was killed on May 25 when white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on the unarmed black man's neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and is to appear in court on June 8, 2020. (Photo by Handout / Minnesota Department of Corrections / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by HANDOUT/Minnesota Department of Correcti/AFP via Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD ** © Provided by New York Daily News This handout photo obtained June 8, 2020 courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows Derek Michael Chauvin being held for sentencing. - Councilors in the US city of Minneapolis pledged late June 7, 2020 to dismantle and rebuild the police department, after the death in custody of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests about racism in law enforcement, pushing the issue onto the national political agenda.Floyd was killed on May 25 when white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on the unarmed black man's neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and is to appear in court on June 8, 2020. (Photo by Handout / Minnesota Department of Corrections / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by HANDOUT/Minnesota Department of Correcti/AFP via Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who was recorded kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until he died and ignited nationwide protests against racism, was reportedly in plea deal talks with the county attorney’s office before his May 29 arrest.

Hennepin County attorney’s office spokesperson Chuck Laszewski confirmed the negotiations took place, according to KMSP-TV. “Ultimately, those negotiations failed,” Laszewski said in a statement to the news station.

Unnamed sources said a deal on the table would have included state murder charges and federal civil rights charges, KMSP reported.

Chauvin knelt on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, for nearly nine minutes on May 25. Both men once worked at the same Minneapolis night club, and a co-worker there told CBS News that Chauvin, who is white, had bumped heads with Floyd.

Chauvin, 44, faces second-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder charges. He was initially charged with charged with third-degree murder, but the charge was upgraded.

Three other cops who were at the scene also face charges.

Eric Nelson, a lawyer for Chauvin, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the plea deal talks.

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