CHARGE AGAINST FIRED OFFICER IN GEORGE FLOYD DEATH UPGRADED, 3 OTHERS ALSO CHARGED

Jun 03, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, now faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of George Floyd.  
Chauvin was caught on now widely seen video kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck.  
The death has sparked anger around the world.
Three other officers at the scene; Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, who’ve also since been fired,  face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
In announcing the charges, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said ”We are here today because George Floyd is not here.”
Ellison asked the public to give prosecutors time and space to do their work.
”George Floyd mattered … we will seek justice for him and for you.”
A second-degree murder conviction in Minnesota carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.
The charges of aiding and abetting a second-degree murder carry the same potential sentence.
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