Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the police officer that killed Afro American George Floyd in Minneapolis has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney announced the charges today. with police agents arresting Chauvin immediately after that
Former police officer Chauvin was captured on video pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck on Monday as Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.” Floyd later died.
Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said today:
“That’s less than four days. That’s extraordinary. We have never charged a case in that time frame.”
Earlier on Friday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said in an emotional news conference that the unrest that has destabilized Minneapolis and St. Paul this week is the result of “generations of pain, of anguish” over racism in policing.
“Their voices went unheard, and now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world. And the world is watching.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also pleaded for an end to the violence and noted the difficulty in requiring the same institution that sparked the unrest to restore order.
Video by WCCO – CBS Minnesota
By Alex Ammohostianos