US Policeman Who Press On George Floyd’s Neck Indict With Third-Degree Murder
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A Minneapolis policeman prosecute of killing unarmed African-American George Floyd by pressing on his neck was taken into account on Friday and charged with third-degree murder, officials said.
“Derek Chauvin is one of four officers who were fired shortly after an explosive video emerged showing a handcuffed Floyd lying on the street as an officer identified as Chauvin pinned his knee to Floyd’s neck for at least five minutes on Monday.”
The death of the 46-year-old Floyd has striked days of sometimes aggressive demonstrations in Minneapolis and other US cities over police brutality against African-Americans.
Up to this point, hundreds of shops have been destroyed and a police station set on fire.
“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in custody,” Hennepin county prosecutor Mike Freeman told reporters.
“Chauvin has been charged… with murder and with manslaughter,” he added, specifying to reporters that the charge was third-degree murder.
US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota supported Chauvin’s taken into custody, calling it “the first step towards justice.”
Meanwhile, a lawyer has issued a statement from the wife of the now-arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and she said she has filed for divorce.