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- The charge against Derek Chauvin is expected to be raised to second-degree murder.
- Three other former officers will face charges.
- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to make the announcement Wednesday.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s charge will be raised to second-degree murder and the three other former officers will also be charged following the death of George Floyd, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) confirms.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing the charges against Chauvin to second-degree murder and is charging three other officers with involvement in Floyd’s death.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice.— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 3, 2020
Chauvin had previously been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Former officers Thomas Lane, and J.A. Keung, who helped pin Floyd down, and a fourth officer, Tou Thao, who stood nearby the incident were not initially charged.
Video of the May 25 incident caught Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded with the officer that he couldn’t breathe. The footage has ignited widespread outrage and days of demonstrations in many cities across the country and around the world and put the issue of racial injustice in the U.S. to the forefront.
While Chauvin was arrested last week, pressure for authorities to bring charges against the remaining three officers has been building as protests have continued for days across the country.
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