UPDATED: Derek Chauvin Taken Into Custody; No Charges Announced Yet
Update: since the publication of this story, charges have been named. Derek Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder, and with manslaughter. Additional charges may come as evidence is further reviewed.
Derek Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter pic.twitter.com/8bX0yX0HxO
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 29, 2020
Derek Chauvin, the (now former) Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck until the man was dead, has reportedly been taken into custody. Charges have not yet been announced.
A viral video showed the public how George Floyd died. According to CBS Minnesota, on May 25th, police responded to a report of an alleged forged document. Police say Floyd resisted arrest before the camera began rolling, but in the video, Officer Chauvin keeps his knee on Floyd’s throat for at least seven minutes, during which Floyd begs for his life.
The four officers involved in the arrest that resulted in Floyd’s death have all been fired, but overnight Thursday, with none yet arrested or charged in the death, protests grew, and riots began. On Friday afternoon, New York Times reports that Derek Chauvin was finally arrested, four days after Floyd was killed. At a press conference, John Harrington, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said only that Chauvin had been taken into custody. There is as yet no information released on what the charges will be.
In footage from Thursday night, buildings can be seen on fire, and officers in riot gear face off with rioters and protestors alike. After a police station was set on fire, the Minneapolis Police announced that the area within a three-block radius around the building is closed for public safety.
All areas three blocks around the Third Precinct are closed to access until further notice. This is for public safety reasons. Thank you.
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) May 29, 2020
President Donald Trump issued threats on Twitter overnight, saying that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” and threatening to send the National Guard to shut down protests in the city.