Former Police Officer Charged With Third-Degree Murder Of George Floyd
A former Minneapolis police officer has been charged over the death of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has announced.
Mr Freeman informed the media that investigations were being made into the three other officers involved in the incident.
He also told the press that it was an 'extraordinary' case in that it involved a person being charged within four days of the crime being committed, which, he said, had never been done before.
Upon hearing the news, the US Senator for Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, said: "Police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder and manslaughter in killing of George Floyd. And there may be subsequent charges. First step towards justice."
Police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder and manslaughter in killing of George Floyd. And there may be subsequent charges. First step towards justice.
- Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 29, 2020
Earlier this evening, a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety told LADbible that Chauvin had been taken into custody.
They said: "At 11.44am, agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on probable cause related to the May 25 death of George Floyd.
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"Agents took Mr Chauvin into custody in Minneapolis. Information about charging decisions will follow from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.
"The BCA continues to work in partnership with the FBI to gather all facts and information related to this case. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 651-793-7000."
Mr Floyd, 46, died on Monday (25 May) after he was arrested for alleged fraud.
Disturbing video footage of the arrest quickly circulated on social media, showing Mr Floyd at first being led out onto the pavement in handcuffs, before being put face-down on the ground.
As bystanders looked on, police officers could be seen holding Mr Floyd down, with officer Chauvin seen placing his knee on his neck.
In clips posted online, Mr Floyd can be heard asking the officers to get off him, telling them that he couldn't breathe and that he was in pain.
One on-looker says: "Bro, he's not f***ing moving! Get off of his neck!"
Mr Floyd was, tragically, later pronounced dead.
His death has since sparked riots in the streets of Minneapolis, with protesters demanding action be taken against the officers involved.
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