Three More Officers To Be Charged In George Floyd Death, Attorney General To Upgrade Murder Charge
Attorney General of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, has announced that he will be charging the other three officers involved in the police killing of George Floyd. He has also upgraded the murder charge against former officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, killing him. Derek Chauvin will now face a second-degree murder charge. According to sources who talked to the Star Tribune, Tou Thao, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane will be charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Chauvin was taking into custody on Friday after days of outcries for the slow move to arrest him. At first, he was only charged with third-degree murder. On the video that shows George Floyd’s death Thao can be seen watching Chauvin press his knee on Floyd’s neck. He does nothing to stop Chauvin. Kueng was the first officer on the scene and was one of the officers who helped put Floyd on the ground and held him while he was handcuffed. Lane drew his weapon and trained it on Floyd during the arrest.
Protests and rioting have been engulfing the country ever since the video reached social media. Citizens have been facing off against police in several cities. In Minneapolis, a police station was set on fire, and at many protest sites, law enforcement vehicles have been flipped over and set ablaze. In return, police have used teargas bombs and rubber bullets against protestors. It is important to point out that video suggest it is the police who are escalating the violence and not the protestors.
Police brutality against African Americans has been a heated topic for decades in America and it seems the country has reached a tipping point.