All four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd will face charges, according to a tweet from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
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
Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man who was killed Memorial Day when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Other officers involved in Floyd’s death include Thomas Lane and J.A. Keung, who helped restrain Floyd, and a fourth officer, Tou Thao who stood nearby.
Bystanders recorded the incident shared it on social media which went viral and triggered national outrage.
Chauvin and Lane, Keung, and Thao were fired the day after the incident. Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. As of June 3, those charges against Chauvin were increased to second-degree murder.
The three other officers were not initially charged.
Following Floyd’s death, two autopsies determined he died by homicide.
Floyd’s death sparked national protests that call for the end of police violence against Black Americans. Floyd’s family and protesters nationwide have called for the former officers to be arrested and convicted for the killing.
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