Surveillance video in Minneapolis shows the first moments of George Floyd’s police interaction.
All four police officers in the killing of George Floyd now will face charges, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Wednesday.
“Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floydâ€™s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice,” the Democratic senator tweeted.
Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump earlier Wednesday implored officials to hold the officers accountable inÂ powerful remarks at the site of Floyd’s killing outside of a convenience store. TheÂ incidentÂ has sparked mass protests over questions of police brutality and racial inequality and hasÂ shaken the nation.Â
â€œWe are demanding justice. We expect all of the police officers to be arrested before we have the memorial here in Minneapolis, Minnesota, tomorrow,â€ Crump said alongside Floyd family members. â€œBecause we cannot have two justice systems in America, one for black America and one for white America. We must have equal justice for the United States of America.â€
Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who was killed Memorial Day after white Minneapolis police officer Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Bystanders recorded video of the incident and shared it on social media channels. Once it went viral, it triggered an outpouring of outrage.
Chauvin andÂ Thomas Lane, J.A. Keung, andÂ Tou Thao were fired the day after the incident.
While Chauvin pinned down Floyd, the three other officers at the scene were recorded standing by and failed to intervene.
Both the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office and an autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family have ruled that the was a homicide, though the reports disagreed on the cause of death.
The medical examiner’s report released Monday listed “cardiopulmonary arrestâ€ as the cause, while the family autopsy listed “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”
Who has been charged in George Floyd’s death?
Chauvin was arrested and taken into custody May 29 and will face third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Crump has called for the charge on Chauvin to be elevated to first-degree murder.
Have there been charges against the three other police officers?
Crump has also called on three other former Minneapolis Police officers to be charged. The Minnesota Attorney General’s office had said it would be deliberate in its review, and will reportedly make an announcement regarding charges to the other officers early Wednesday afternoon.
When is Derek Chauvin due in court?
According to CNN, Chauvin is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
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