DOJ mulling charges against Derek Chauvin for 2017 arrest involving 14-year-old boy: report

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The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is mulling whether to charge now-convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in connection with a 2017 incident in which he allegedly violently handled a 14-year-old boy and used his knee to hold the teenager down for almost 17 minutes, according to a report. The Justice Department is now reportedly exploring whether to file charges against the ex-cop for the actions portrayed in the video. State prosecutor Matthew Frank, who argued in court papers for the video to be used in Chauvin’s trial, said the body camera footage in question shows “Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force towards this child and complete disdain for his well-being.” Chauvin allegedly struck the teen with a flashlight twice and held the boy’s throat, according to the report.

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