Story at a glance

  • John Harrington, the Minnesota department of public safety commissioner, announced Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  • Chauvin has been charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter.
  • It’s not clear if the three other officers involved will be taken into custody.

The former Minneapolis police officer caught on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck has been taken into custody in connection with the black man’s death. 

John Harrington, the Minnesota department of public safety commissioner, announced Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) just after a press conference about the protests in Minneapolis ended Friday afternoon. 

Chauvin has been charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter. It’s not clear if the three other officers involved will be taken into custody. 

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Floyd died Monday night after he was pinned to the ground by police. Video went viral this week after one of the officers, identified as Chauvin, was seen pinning Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee for about eight minutes. 

“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd pleaded with the officers. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.” 

Floyd was transported to a hospital by ambulance and died shortly after. 


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Police said Tuesday Floyd had matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case and resisted arrest before being restrained and handcuffed. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he saw nothing that would suggest “that this kind of force was necessary.” 

The four officers involved were fired Tuesday. 

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The incident prompted widespread outrage and days of violent protests in Minneapolis and other cities.


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Published on May 29, 2020