Officer Who Pinned Knee on George Floyd’s Neck Has Been Arrested and Charged with Murder

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was videoed pinning his knee on George Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with murder.

On Friday afternoon, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the ex-cop was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Freeman said his office is still in the process of reviewing evidence and may file subsequent charges against Chauvin at a later date.

Freeman added that he anticipates charges against the other three officers involved in the incident as well.

Earlier that day, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced that Chauvin was taken into custody by state investigators.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar applauded Chauvin’s arrest, calling it the “first step towards justice.”

“Police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and is in custody for the murder of George Floyd. The first step towards justice,” Klobuchar wrote on Twitter.

After Chauvin was seen on video putting his knee on Floyd’s neck, Floyd — who was unarmed and handcuffed at the time of the incident — was declared dead the same night.

All four officers were terminated for their involvement.

On Thursday night, protesters set fire to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, which is about three miles from where the incident with Floyd occurred.

That day, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated 500 Minnesota National Guard soldiers to provide support to local law enforcement.

“Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls,” the Minnesota National Guard wrote in a tweet.


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