Police Officer Who Kneeled Over George Floyd Will Face Murder Charges


Incident


A police officer filmed bending on an unarmed black man’s neck for eight minutes shortly before his death has been charged with his murder.


Police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday on suspicion of the third-degree murder of George Floyd. That charge means that Chauvin has been indicted for killing Floyd without prior purpose, but with ignorance for his alleged victim’s life.


Documents


Charging documents say that an examination performed on Floyd did not support a determination of traumatic strangulation or asphyxiation. But they said factors including Chauvin’s force likely contributed to his death.


Those court documents also revealed that Chauvin had his neck on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes 46 seconds –with force continuing for two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd passed out.


Fired And Facing Murder Charges


Chauvin was seized by Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension three days after he and three of his colleagues were dismissed from Minneapolis PD. Chauvin also faces a murder charge.


Floyd


Floyd, who worked as a security guard, died shortly after the depressing video was shot. His death has sparked three days of rioting across Minneapolis, with hundreds of shops looted, and numbers of buildings burned-out.


Trump Called Out For Immediate Investigation


President Trump called for an urgent investigation into Floyd’s death, and after sparked fury after tweeting Friday morning that looting means killing. On Thursday, Hennepin County District Attorney Michael Freeman warned vague evidence held by his investigators could have made it harder to bring charges against Chauvin.


Other Officers


Another footage of the officers bending on Floyd’s neck shot from a different viewpoint has since surfaced, although it still is unclear whether this triggered Friday’s arrest. The other three officers involved have been named Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng. No more updates on possible criminal charges against them have been shared.


Facts of the Case


District Attorney Freeman he and other police agencies were working hard to discover the facts of the case, then added: But there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. He refused to reveal further information when asked by reporters. Freeman said the video of Floyd’s final moments while a police officer was knelt on his neck was clear, horrible, and terrible and added that his job is to prove a breach of the criminal statute.


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