Officer Who Arrested And Choked George Floyd Charged With 3rd-Degree Murder
Derek Chauvin was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, the local county attorney said.
The former Minneapolis officer who appeared in a video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and choking him was taken into custody on Friday and charged with murder.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was unarmed, died on Monday following the arrest, and images of the violent encounter have provoked outrage across the nation, especially in Minneapolis, where dayslong protests have left the city in shambles.
State authorities took Derek Chauvin, who was one of four officers fired on Tuesday in connection with Floyd’s death, into custody on Friday. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.
Earlier this week, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Chauvin should face charges.
"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Frey asked. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now.”
The FBI is leading an investigation into whether there was a civil rights violation. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is also investigating Floyd’s death and reviewing officers’ body cam footage. The BCA investigates most in-custody deaths, the Star Tribune reported.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing Floyd’s family, released a statement on Tuesday.
“This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a nonviolent charge,” said Crump, who is also representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, two young Black Americans killed in recent attacks that garnered national attention. “We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck.”
According to a police report, Floyd was arrested on Monday over an alleged "forgery in progress," and police claimed he resisted arrest, but several recently surfaced videos with additional footage of Floyd’s arrest do not show him resisting. Chauvin can be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for most of the 10-minute video as Floyd pleads “I can’t breathe.” Floyd died at a hospital shortly after.