June 04, 2020
All of the four police officers involved in the arrest and killing of the Minnesota resident, George Floyd, are now reportedly facing criminal charges with upgraded murder counts.
Derek Chauvin, the former police officer responsible for the death of George Floyd, was charged to court on Wednesday with an upgraded count of second-degree murder.
The other three officers, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng, who were present at the scene of Floyd's killing, have also been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
The new counts were announced by a Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, who revealed that the charges were made so George would get the justice he deserves. He said:
"I strongly believe that these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr. Floyd, his family, our community, and our state."
Before the new charges were announced, Chauvin had been charged on counts of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter while his other colleagues were not initially charged to court.
In a viral video released on May 25, Chauvin was captured kneeling on George Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes as Lane and Kueng held Floyd down on the ground. Thao, on the other hand, merely stood and watched his colleagues.
Following Floyd's death, millions of people across the United States took to the streets in protest against racism and police brutality toward African Americans.
George Floyd is survived by his six-year-old daughter, Gianna, whom he shares with Roxie Washington. In a press conference held on Tuesday, Roxie described the slain 46-year-old as a good man while adding that their daughter is proof of his goodness.