Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder of George Floyd

by Jordyn Pair · May 29th, 2020 2:39 pm
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Last Updated May 30th, 2020 at 6:13 am

The former Minneapolis police officer who was shown on video holding his knee on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes has been charged with murder, according to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

Derek Chauvin was one of four officers who was fired on Tuesday after the arrest and death of Floyd. On Friday, Chauvin was arrested and is currently being charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are both investigating the incident.

The arrest comes after days of protest in Minneapolis.

Floyd died on Monday night following his arrest. Video surfaced of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for around eight minutes while he pleaded that he could not breathe and was going to die. The victim appears to go unconscious roughly four minutes before Chauvin removed himself from his neck.

The police department originally said that Floyd "physically resisted" the officers and that he died after "suffering medical distress."

In the video, Floyd's hands are cuffed behind his back and he does not appear to be resisting or to be a threat to the officers.

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