New Charges, Upgrades in Floyd Murder Case

New Charges, Upgrades in Floyd Murder Case

( – There’s been a new development in the George Floyd murder case. Minnesota’s Attorney General Keith Ellison is upgrading former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s manslaughter charge from third-degree to second-degree murder. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar first announced the charges on Twitter.

Chauvin was caught on video detaining George Floyd with his chest down on the ground, handcuffed, kneeling over him with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd died from the incident, which has sparked nationwide protests and riots.

In addition, the three other officers who either observed or took part in pinning down Floyd are being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. One officer can be seen in the video watching and keeping the crowd away. The other two assisted Derek in keeping Floyd detained.

This comes after Floyd’s family demanded that the three other officers be arrested and charged. A guilty verdict in a second-degree charge has a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

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