Former Police Officer Fired After George Floyd's Death Has Been Arrested
Derek Chauvin, one of the police officers fired after George Floyd's death, has been arrested.
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety told LADbible: "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.
"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."
Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced in a press conference that the former officer had been taken into custody.
He said: "We will be giving out further information when we have it. At this point, we do not have any further information on charging, a decision that will be coming from the county attorney.
"But we did want to let you know that he is in custody and that BCA did make an arrest today."
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.
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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 later pronounced dead.
His death has since sparked riots in the streets of Minneapolis, with protesters demanding action be taken against the officers involved.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday (27 May), Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey demanded that something be done.
He said: "If you had done it, or I had, you'd be behind bars right now. I'm calling on the Hennepin County attorney to charge the arresting officer in this case."
While the Fraternal Order of Police also condemned the actions of the law enforcement.
In a statement, President Patrick Yoes said: "Based on the bystander's video from this incident, we witnessed a man in distress pleading for help.
"The fact that he was a suspect in custody is immaterial - police officers should at all times render aid to those who need it. Police officers need to treat all of our citizens with respect and understanding and should be held to the very highest standards for their conduct."
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