Cohen Seglias partner and former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu was interviewed for “Air Talk with Larry Mantle,” an LA NPR affiliate radio station, about possible prosecution strategies in the George Floyd case.
Prosecutors charged three more police officers Wednesday in the death of George Floyd and filed a new, tougher charge against the officer at the center of the case, delivering a victory to protesters who have filled the streets from coast to coast to fight police brutality and racial injustice.
The most serious charge was filed against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck and now must defend himself against an accusation of second-degree murder. The three other officers at the scene were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
What is the difference between first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree murder? And what are the strategic implications for how a prosecutor might determine those charges? We dive into these legal questions.