Derek Chauvin Now Charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Three More Officers Charged in the Death of George Floyd
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison elevated a third-degree murder charge to second-degree murder against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who was filmed with his knee on the neck of George Floyd on May 25 for nine minutes.
The other three former officers at the scene — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, notes the Star Tribune.
Thao was filmed watching Chauvin press his knee on Floyd’s neck. At times, it appeared as though Thao may have been trying to block people from filming the killing.
Kueng reportedly helped pin Floyd down with Chauvin, and Lane reportedly pointed a gun at Floyd before handcuffing him.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asked Ellison to take over the prosecution on May 31, which had been led by the Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman charged Chauvin with third-degree murder, and did not charge the other three cops.
(Sources: Star Tribune)