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3 More Ex-Minnesota Police Officers Charged In George Floyd Killing

3 More Ex-Minnesota Police Officers Charged In George Floyd Killing
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Three more former Minnesota police officers will be charged in the killing of George Floyd , a 46-year-old Black man who died after an officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest.

The office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison plans to charge Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng on Wednesday with aiding and abetting Floyds murder, according to reporting by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that HuffPost confirmed with a law enforcement source.

The Hennepin County prosecutor had already arrested Derek Chauvin , the former police officer seen kneeling on Floyds neck, last week, charging him with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Ellisons office is also planning to announce that it would be upgrading the third-degree murder charge to second-degree murder.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) tapped Ellison , a former progressive congressman and civil rights attorney, on Sunday to take over the case from Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman. Walz said he made the decision to put Ellison in charge after consulting with Floyds family.

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Protestors are arrested after curfew went into effect during mostly peaceful demonstrations over George Floyds death downtown on June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Floyd was killed on May 25 after the officers arrested him for allegedly attempting to make a purchase at a store with a fraudulent $20 bill. As seen in video of Floyds arrest, Chauvin used his knee to hold Floyd down by the neck even as Floyds pleads, Please, man, I cant breathe.

Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd, who was apparently in handcuffs, even after he stopped speaking and moving. He remained there as onlookers shouted at other officers to attend to Floyd.

In another video , three other officers can be seen crowding around Floyd, who is on the floor, during the arrest.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital.

Floyds death, like other police killings of Black men, has sparked days of protests and public outcry in Minneapolis and across the country .

Chauvin, Thao, Lane and Keung were fired from the police department, but protesters and community leaders demanded that the officers be arrested and charged with murder.

The Minneapolis Police Department initially claimed that Floyd was physically resisting arrest. However, surveillance footage obtained by CNN which captured a portion of the arrest does not support that claim.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a former Hennepin County prosecutor, hailed the decision on Twitter as another important step for justice.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyds murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice.

The Fraternal Order of Police denounced Floyds arrest and killing in an official statement last week.

I do not believe this incident should be allowed to define our profession or the Minneapolis Police Department, but there is no doubt that this incident has diminished the trust and respect our communities have for the men and women of law enforcement, Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yoes said in a statement.

Based on the by-standers video from this incident, we witnessed a man in distress pleading for help, Yoes said. The fact that he was a suspect in custody is immaterialpolice officers should at all times render aid to those who need it. Police officers need to treat all of our citizens with respect and understanding and should be held to the very highest standards for their conduct.

During an interview with CNN last week, Floyds brother, Philonise Floyd, called for the protests to remain peaceful but he also said demonstrators were torn and hurt because theyre tired of seeing Black men die. Constantly, over and over again.

These officers, they need to be arrested right now. They need to be arrested and held accountable about everything because these people want justice right now,Philonise Floyd told CNN, calling for the death penalty.
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