Derek Chauvin's charges elevated to 2nd-degree murder; 3 other cops now face charges as well

by Adam Ford · Jun 3rd, 2020 2:38 pm
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Last Updated Jun 3rd, 2020 at 11:30 pm

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is elevating charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin from third-degree murder to second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd. The other three officers involved in Floyd's death will now face charges as well.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeted the news Wednesday afternoon:

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.

According to the Star Tribune, the three officers at the scene other than Chauvin — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane — will now be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Minutes after Klobuchar's tweet, the Floyd family attorney, Benjamin Crump, tweeted the family's reaction, calling it "a bittersweet moment":

FAMILY'S REACTION: This is a bittersweet moment. We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd's death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder. #JusticeForGeorge

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