George Floyd: Minnesota Attorney Increases Charges Against Derek Chauvin, Joins Three Officers

George Floyd died in Minneapolis after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest.

Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison increased the charges against former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, to second-degree murder in George Floyd’s killing after several protests and pressure.

Chauvin, who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, had previously been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

His colleagues, Thomas Lane and J.Alexander Keung, who helped restrain Floyd, and the fourth officer, Tou Thao, who stood near them, were not initially charged.

The situation sparked series of worldwide protest with a call for an end to police violence against black citizens and for justice to be duly served to the four former Minneapolis officers.

In a tweet on Wednesday, US Senator, Amy Klobuchar announced that Thao, 34, Kueng, 26, and Lane, 37, are now charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

All four of the former Minneapolis officers faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, according to the criminal complaints.

A second-degree murder acarries a statutory maximum sentence of 40 years upon conviction, compared with 25 years for third-degree murder.

The first count of aiding and abetting in the murder case has a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison, while the manslaughter-related count has a 10-year maximum prison sentence.

KanyiDaily had published a video that shows how George Floyd died on Monday, May 25, 2020, after Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes as the black man repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”

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