The New York Times reports that three days after George Floyd died, Derek Chauvin believed the case against him was so devastating that he agreed to plead guilty to third-degree murder:

But the Times reports then-U-S Attorney General William Barr rejected the deal just before local officials were to announce it. An official said Barr was worried a plea deal would be perceived as too lenient by a growing number of protesters across the nation — and wanted state officials who were about to take over the case from Hennepin County to be able to make their own decisions on how to proceed.   The Times reports the plea deal, which would have had Chauvin go to prison for more than 10 years, required then Attorney General Barr’s approval because Chauvin wanted assurance he would not face federal civil rights charges.