Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer involved in George Floyd’s death on Monday, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges Friday, shortly after Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
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The announcement comes days after the release of a video that shows Chauvin’s knee pressed firmly on the black man’s neck for at least seven minutes.
That video has inspired outrage nationwide and unrest in Minneapolis and had led to Chauvin’s firing as well as that of three other officers seen in the video.
The officer did not remove his knee until paramedics showed up to move Floyd’s unresponsive body into an ambulance. He was reported dead later Monday night.
Asked why Chauvin wasn’t arrested earlier — something demanded by protesters and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey — Freeman said his office moved as quickly as possible in its investigation. He added that the three other former officers remain under investigation and that he anticipates charges for them, too.
The Department of Justice is also conducting an investigation on “a separate and parallel track,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday in a statement.
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